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The Frank House by Iwan Iwanoff

Posted Monday, June 26, 2017 in: Home Envy Obsessed With

So I’m going to make a bold call here, but I have to call it - I think I’ve found my favourite Iwan Iwanoff house yet. (At least my fave of all the ones I’ve visited so far!) It’s this quietly shy beauty – the Frank House in Menora.

Owned by Michael and Carmen Forde, who live with their gorgeous one-year-old daughter Wylie and their very funny German shorthaired pointer Ferdinand, the Frank House was built in 1961.

The Frank House is perhaps one of the lesser-known Iwanoffs, but is no less special than its more publicly lauded counterparts. Unlike more iconic Iwanoffs such as Paganin House, Kessel House or Marsala House that have been the subject of much media attention, The Frank House has always flown a little under the radar.

The Frank House wraps in a U-shape around a courtyard. Twilight photos by Meghan Plowman



Renovators and home owners Michael and Carmen Forde at home with baby Wylie. Twilight photos by Meghan Plowman. 

It’s not entirely surprising. It sits on a whisper quiet cul-de-sac in tucked-away Menora, a quiet garden suburb that I once featured in a story for Domain on Perth’s best-kept secret neighbourhoodsI frequently find that Menora is a suburb that many long-time Perth residents don’t even know about. Or they know of it, but they don’t know exactly where it is, despite its close proximity to the CBD.

“I didn’t even know where Menora was!” Carmen tells me of the first time she and Michael went to see what was to become their new home. The Frank House was also built on a whisper quiet cul-de-sac opposite parkland. Teamed with its lovely yet understated façade, and the fact that chances are, you would never find this Iwanoff unless you were seeking it, and it’s not too surprising that The Frank House has been a quieter Iwanoff. Before the Fordes bought it seven years ago, it had stayed in the same family for decades, its original owners living in the house until well into their old age.

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