109-115 Paisley Street, Footscray. Melbourne, Victoria

The most distinctive feature of this row of four Footscray cottages is their overly tall triangular parapets which cascading with scrolls and central arch seashell motif is both a nod to the Dutch style and effectively hide the hip and gable roof behind. It is most likely that before painting, they were red brick and cream painted render typical of the 1890s.   For many years from the 1930s to the 1950s they were sold as a single investment row12 as such its probably a miracle that they have survived to the present day in an area which had seen so much change. There is no doubt that terraces are now exceptionally rare in this area. Whether they, along with their neighbouring terraces escape the current extensive redevelopment of Footscray with no heritage protection or overlay at any level3 remains to be seen. There is no doubt that terraces are now exceptionally rare in this area.

109-115 Paisley Street, Footscray

Though narrow, each house is quite deep with four principle rooms each. While they retain their original three panel double hung windows, their facades have been stripped of much of their ornament with the verandah having been recently replaced. The detail on their party walls including mouldings and acanthus scrolls indicates the detail that their street level frontages may once have displayed.

109 has been adaptively reused as offices while 113 and 115 have been reused as medical centre and dental surgery respectively.

References

  1. The Argus. Advertising pg 3. 1st February, 1936
  2. Williamstown Chronicle. Advertising pg6 7th October, 1949
  3. Maribyrnong Planning Scheme Ho08

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