The building is Commonwealth Heritage Listed.


Viewed from Vancouver Street-with its emphatic horizontality and cumulative shallow pyramidal massing- the building is classic Taglietti, almost at his most pure. In fact it seems almost too big for the suburban site. The relentless horizontality is relieved with a cantilivered porte-cochere and a large cross emblazoned onto the building fabric. The chapel and his modified cupola are also noteworthy. This residential work is aesthetically severe in comparison to the more intricate aesthetic of his early single houses.  The bigger buildings like this one are both forcefully-almost ruthlessly-composed, but specially fluid and meticulously crafted at the same time.  It is this contrast that gives them a certain presence.
Excerpt from Canberra Architecture-Andrew Metcalf








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client :   Apostolic Nunciature

engineers:   K. Sellick 

quantity surveyors:   Rider Hunt & Partners

builder :   Kennedy & Bird