Attached housing is rare in Ararat, a gold rush city, however a handful of single storey examples can still be found, mostly on the main roads leading into town. This particular pair can be found north of the Western Highway between King and Princes Street and backs onto the railway reserve within very close proximity to the railway station.
From the appearance of the facade and widow trims, this pair of semi-detached homes appears to have been built around the turn of the century and use of different materials (brick and timber) indicate that it may have been built in stages, with the eastern home being an extension. Its red brick has since been painted over and possible decorations stripped back however the form of its prominent hip and gable corrugated iron roof, interruped only by the central, rear chimneys and verandah remains. The homes themselves are generously double fronted with rooms either side of a central door and hallway and shared chimney. Unusually the design of the double hung window arrangment features an inner double double set and outer triple sets, giving the appearance of stretching outward and providing the rooms at either side with additional light. The partition between the two has been removed.
While nearby properties and the railway reservation to the rear is protected by heritage overlays, this one is not included.1 The property appears to be on one title which would likely indicate that it has been tenanted during its history. The construction of the attached housing was probably linked to the expansion of the railways late in the 19th Century in which Ararat was an important railway junction.
- Rural City of Ararat Planning Scheme. Accessed Nov 11, 2011 ↩