12-24 Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo. Sydney, New South Wales

This row of six narrow terrace houses on a busy corner is interesting because it exemplifies some attributes which aren’t seen anywhere else in Australia.  The balcony verandah which cantilevers over the sidewalk is a typical of many early Sydney terraced houses emerging from the Georgian to Victorian styles.  The end terrace addresses the intersection of the main roads with an angled faceted facade which adds a significant picturesque effect.

Terrace Houses: 12-24 Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo. Sydney, New South Wales

Terrace Houses: 12-24 Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo. Sydney, New South Wales

The high pitched roof, exposed chimneys and party walls are also notable.  The iron lacework and other details are restrained.

1980 photographs from the City of Sydney archives show the corner terrace at 22 stripped of its verandah, and terraces 14-18 with built in verandahs.1 A restoration of these features must have been undertaken at a subsequent date.

The earliest mentions of these homes appear around 1880 and later at 1887, at a time when number 12 was operating as a corner grocery store.

References

  1. Woolloomooloo photo collection: 62430

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