I discovered this delightful semi-detached pair of late Victorian terraces while wandering from the train station to Bendigo’s central business district. The first suprise of my investigation of this great little pair of rare picturesque Queen Anne/Rustic Gothic terraces was its unrestored condition, the second was its lack of any heritage status in an area which is being rapidly redeveloped. The two are currently on one title and adaptively reused as offices. An unfortunately placed tree makes capturing the pair in one photo impossible.
Despite most of Bendigo’s CBD and surrounding suburbs being covered by a heritage overlay, this interesting pair was somehow left off the list. All that separates it from a great heritage building is a bit of sandblasting and the reinstatement of the missing verandah on one of the former houses (which could be copied from the existing one on the other house).
The red painted corrugated iron roof of the former terraces features two prominent deep-eaved gables at opposing ends featuring a circular cast iron patterned vent and a finial of turned wood behind which rises a tall polychrome brick chimney stack. Another chimney stack sits atop the centre party wall. Presumably the facade was also once exposed red brickwork (quite possibly polychrome) which has been unfortunately painted over at some stage. The sweeping party walls extend to the street and topped by bulky pyramid finial gateposts. They frame the verandah which bullnoses out from the facade and has a fringe and round brackes in cast iron lace with central pendants. The Victorian doors and fanlights, as well as the large double hung windows and sidelights remain intact although the security bars is not a great look. As noted, the verandah has sadly been removed from the other house in order to c0nvert the courtyard to off-street carparking.
As the pair has not featured in a heritage study, there is a lack of information on the architect and date of construction. My guess based on the style is that it dates to 1889 or later, possibly the early to mid 1890s.
It would be a shame if this one slipped through the cracks as restored it would be a fantastic looking asset to what is truly a wonderful heritage city.