166-168 Old Inglis Street, Ballan. Victoria

This pair of  timber terraced houses (or cottages) in Ballan particularly interests me. Not only is it a pretty good but rare example of terraced housing in a small Victorian town, but it appears to also be an early example as well. Ballan was an important stopover on the goldfields route in the 1850s and this terrace is situated directly facing this main thoroughfare. The appearance of the terraces appears to put them before the 1860s which would make it very rare and historic for both Ballan and Victoria, though it is also possible like many similar, that it has origins as a hotel.  

Terrace Houses: 166-168 Old Inglis Road, Ballan. Victoria

Terrace Houses: 166-168 Old Inglis Road, Ballan. Victoria

However there has been an alarming lack of heritage studies in Moorabool Shire and therefore I haven’t been able to find much information on the terraces except that they are currently part of the local health system being some sort of aged care accomodation.  The simple design of this terrace gives it rustic charm with its long uniform gable corrugated roof  with a separate verandah roof with timber posts and arches and wood picket balcony rail built up to the property line.  Some asymmetry with one of the houses being double fronted with a central entrance and solid fireplace and the other with more modest fitout and hallway along the party wall may indicate it was either extended or remodelled shortly after its construction or a converted hotel.

Sadly the lack of heritage controls has been highlighted by unsympathetic renovations undertaken between 2009 and 2010 which has seen much of the timberwork removed from one of the terraces with a new blue colorbond roof and verandah rail installed in stark contrast to the green painted iron and the original Victorian door removed and replaced by an aluminium one.

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