The architects of Wentworth Villa are most probably Wright and Sanders, the first professional architects in Victoria. A one-time tender call from their office for “A Suburban Residence” was published in March of 1863, calling for separate tenders for “Mason and Brick Work; Plasterer’s work; Plumbers and tinsmiths; and Painter’s and Glazier’s work.” It is likely that this tender call – at the right time relating to the property transactions – was for Wentworth Villa, though no official documentation survives linking the home to the architects.
However, the design of the house goes beyond a carpenter’s skills. The finishes, entrance hall and floor plan attest to a skilled planner. Additionally there are woodwork details that match those in other known Wright and Sanders designed homes, so an educated choice of the authorship of the design would strongly suggest that Wright and Sanders were indeed the architects of Wentworth Villa.
In 1867 the office of Wright and Sanders moved to San Francisco where they established a very successful practice with around 100 significant commissions such as churches and numerous residences in the ornate High Victorian eclectic style. Sadly, most of their San Francisco work was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire.