Anselm was designed by noted English born architect Robert Joseph Haddon (1866-1929) as his own house. Constructed in 1906, Anselm is a substantially intact example of Art Nouveau classic architecture, features include a dominant octagonal tower, visible chimney stacks and decorative terracotta work. Anselm is significant for its innovative planning with the use of what Haddon described as a common room, rather than separate dining and drawing rooms, and unusual absence of a hallway.
Stokes Rousseau was engaged by Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants to repair the iconic tower that was slowly deteriorating. The tower was ‘squeezed’ back together and stainless steel reinforcement rods were installed to ensure future stability and longevity for generations to come. Works also included the restoration of existing gutters, steam bent curved fascias, roof slate repairs, pointing and painting.