Barton

The original street signs date from the mid 1920s. the Kingston Barton Residents Group was successful in receiving an ACT Heritage Grant in 2016 to restore them.

The Barton Housing Precinct comprises more than 60 houses, including Federal Capital Commission (FCC) houses built in 1926-7, private houses built between 1926-34, government houses built between 1933-9 and private houses built since 1934. The street scapes are distinctive with their varied setbacks, street trees, hedges and 1920s street signs and lamps. The FCC houses are in the Mediterranean and arts and crafts styles. All are single storey and built of brick, the majority being rendered with a rough-cast finish. Most retain their original red terracotta tile roofs.

The design for the new capital included housing areas for different socio-economic groups within the community, reflecting the social conventions of the time. The Barton area was designed for occupation by middle income public servants. It complemented the areas of Ainslie, where smaller weatherboard houses were built for public servants working in 'blue-collar' roles, and Forrest and Griffith, where larger brick homes were built for upper income public servants. Barton provides a good example of the first phase of planned housing development in Canberra, and it demonstrated the landscape planting of 1927.