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The residence was established as Waterloo Villa in the early s by Archibald Mitchell on part of the hectare acre grant known as Wain's Farm. Stead House is an excellent example of a remnant grand estate house that is the product of a series of alterations and additions by owner Samuel Cook, manager of The Sydney Morning Herald in the late 19th century and The Salvation Army who purchased the property in , following Cook's death in The current Italianate presentation of the house to Leicester Street was carried out by Samuel Cook in , as an embellishment of Mitchell's Waterloo Villa , renamed Frankford Villa in and subsequently Frankfort House during Cook's ownership. The Italianate makeover can be dated precisely due to detailed surveys found in the various field books of Public Works Department surveyor D. White who surveyed Frankfort House in , and again in During Cook's ownership the house was set in a renowned garden with stands of exotic trees, a large Moreton Bay Fig , carriage loop and much vaunted rose beds to the east. Following the demise of Cook in , his children subdivided the estate and sold it off, primarily as housing lots, but retaining a parcel of land associated with the house including four house allotments to the north on Victoria Road, and one to the south fronting Leicester Street at the corner of Victoria Road and the then newly created Leicester Street. The house was purchased by The Salvation Army in July at which time the house, renamed Hopeleigh , was deemed " In a wing was added to the rear northern portion to increase accommodation and it was licensed as a hospital in November
Stead House, c. Stead House was opened as Bethesda House but its name was changed to honour the founding matron of the hospital. Stead House was a hostel for working girls and students and a home for unmarried mothers. It was closed in Stead House occupied the historic house Hopeleigh, which had served as nurses' quarters and a laundry for Bethesda Maternity Hospital since Stead House remained a hostel for women students and low income earners until the mids, when economic and fire regulation compliance issues became insurmountable. The Salvation Army sold the entire site in and between the Bethesda Maternity Hospital building and Stead House were converted to apartments.