Now on display
Caerleon was built in 1885-87 in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill for the Sydney Morning Herald proprietor Charles Burton Fairfax (1859-1941), a grandson of the newspaper's founder John Fairfax. The house was designed by Maurice Bingham Adams (1849-1933) and is an early example of local domestic architecture in the Queen Anne Revival style.
Adams was an influencial exponent of this style, which drew from the vernacular designs of medieval and Elizabethan periods, and Caerleon abounds with elements showing this influence. As with many architects of the day, Adams worked closely with the manufacturers of this architectural details, himself designing such elements as iron overmantels and decorative entrance gates.