Tuesday, 12 March 2013

"Stonehenge" - Sinister by design Part 3

“Stonehenge” Robe Terrace Medindie

A quick trip back in time, we revisit our "Sinister by Design" series, which covered the architecture of John Quinton Bruce around Adelaide, first we looked at Carclew house, this time we visit the house he designed for Frederick Scarfe in North Adelaide.

The Mail, Saturday 11 October 1919, page 12
Designed by iconic South Australian architect; John Quinton Bruce for Fred Scarfe, A Director of South Australian department store icon, Harris Scarfes, Stonehenge, as the building was named, is a beautiful building located in North Adelaide.

Often it is reported that Frederick Norman Scarfe, former Mayor of Kensington and Norwood is the man who had the building erected, but by the time it was built, he was a very old man. Frederick George Alexander Scarfe is actually the man who built the impressive house, he was a director of Harris Scarfes at the time and a very wealthy individual.

Tony Syrianos - 

ADELAIDE, April 24, 1994
The building consists of 15 main rooms including a gracious reception hallway and a sweeping grand staircase. There is also a Ballroom, a formal lounge-room, Library and formal dining room, plus 5 bedrooms and a wine cellar.

The house was often featured in local newspaper stories as Mr Scarfe would host his own events, Grand Balls and parties, in his home. In 1919 Frederick Scarfe sold the house for an impressive sum, citing in adds that he found the housekeeping tasks laborious, being such a large manner.

In 1994, The Adelaide Advertiser (April 24th 1994) published a story about the house featuring a local businessman who had purchased the house for $1.2 million dollars, only to find out that the house is haunted by a young lady.

The Register Thursday 13 November 1919

The young lady appears in an upstairs bedroom known as the Blue Room. It is stated that she only appears during the hours of 11 pm and 5 am and walks from the blue room, to a bathroom, or up the extravagant staircase. She is dressed in a white nightgown with an overly frilly neckline.
It is thought the spirit is that of a young girl who died in the house from tuberculosis around the 1920s, when the disease was making itself felt in North Adelaide.
It has also been reported that whenever renovations take place in the house, the ghost becomes very hostile and begins to throw objects and make a lot of noise, not unlike a poltergeist would do, other owners have also reported cold spots in various rooms of the mansion.

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  1. Ive been interested in this particular house for a while now and have done many hours of investigating as my intuition keeps teeling me i need to know more about this house, this girl, im so intreaged i want to see more, i have a picture of what this house may look like inside and have a strong energy to this house, its literally starting to become an obsession, but why? Im not phycic but have had experiences with ghosts, one has even followed me from house to house as i continued to move but did me no harm. Another encounter was very terrifying. Ive had feelings ive had to go somewhere, likevsomeone is calling out my name and have ended up down the road at an abandon house which 10yrs later is still abandon and has all tin covering the windows. Yes people think im crazy but i know what ive seen and things that i feel. What i dont understand is theres 3 parts to the stonehurst story but only part 3 remains and there are no photos of the inside of the house???

  2. Whete is part 1 & 2 of this story?

    1. The series is about the architect John Quinton Bruce
      Part 1: https://hauntedadelaide.blogspot.com/2012/10/sinister-by-design.html
      Part 2: https://hauntedadelaide.blogspot.com/2012/10/carclew-house-montefiore-hill-sinister.html
      Part 3: https://hauntedadelaide.blogspot.com/2013/03/stonehenge-sinister-by-design-part-3.html
      Part 4: https://hauntedadelaide.blogspot.com/2013/03/freemason-grand-lodge-sinister-by.html

  3. Ive been following this house for years yet it always comes to a dead end, no photos of the inside no part 1 & 2 yet this is part 3. My intuition is telling me theres something i need to know about this house