115-121 Kent Street, Millers Point. Sydney, New South Wales

This flatly laid out Italianate row of four double storey terraced houses could almost be mistaken for a typical Melbourne terrace if not for the discrete attic dormer profiles projecting above the parapet. One interesting aspect of the layout is the end terrace at 115 has a noticeably narrower profile and very subtle and skilled modifications have been made to the design to adjust.

Photo by Michael Gardner. All rights reserved. Used with permission

Terrace Houses: 115-12 Kent Street, Millers Point. Sydney, New South Wales

The parapet is indeed high and blocks bulky chimneys and a steep pitch gable with projecting party walls. Blocky entablature is punctuated by rows of balustrade mouldings. An alternating course of brackets and paterae adorns the bold and linear cornice. The verandah projects with a bullnose wave corrugated roof profile. The party walls are decorated with mouldings at each level but otherwise plain corbels. Iron lacework frames the verandahs and each bay is split by a central column flanked by brackets, fringe and pendants with balustrades of panelled lacework on the upper storey and palisade fence at ground level. The front doors and french verandah doors have fanlights to allow for maximum light and have linear hood mouldings connected by string courses. A central chimney stack is shared by the two mid terraces and chimney stacks at either end service each end terrace with fireplaces.

The terrace is graded ‘Highly Significant’under conservation management guidelines for Housing NSW and is part of the important Millers Point historic precinct.1 2 Details on its date of construction, builder or architect have however proven difficult to source. My personal guess based on the style and sophistication is that this row of homes dates to around 1887.

City of Sydney archives show that the end terrace at 115 underwent a verandah restoration around 1989.3

  1. CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES Housing NSW Properties Millers Point VOLUME ONE Final Draft October 2007 http://www.housing.nsw.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/DACBDD25-5410-4027-9441-F35316230CE3/0/CMGMillers…
  2. CHSI record 11167
  3. City of Sydney Archives record 054\054649

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