34 Park Place, South Yarra. Melbourne, Victoria

This freestanding boom style terrace in great condition was originally built in 1891 by Alfred Taylor and is part of a subdivision with direct frontage to beautiful Fawkner Park.

Freestanding Terrace: 34 Park Place, South Yarra. Melbourne, Victoria

Freestanding Terrace: 34 Park Place, South Yarra. Melbourne, VIC

The terrace itself is an flamboyant composition with typical Melbourne features including a high parapet of classical entablature with a triangular pediment topping a festoon in moulded stucco and flanked by scrolls and a balustrade.  Urns on either side complete the Italianate silhouette.   The party walls are clearly defined and feature another pair of urns with lions heads on the upper storey and female heads on the lower storey staring out over the park with wide scrolls in between.  A bold cornice sits between the party walls and is propped up with dentils and a frieze of classically inspired mouldings including floral paterae.

The verandah is a double storey cast iron lacework affair with a set of elaborate brackets at each level and a low pitched roof which is completely obscured.  Below a deep lace frieze is a very fine fringe and brackets of a dense pattern with pendants in between.  A cast iron column breaks the symmetry and defines the space over the doorway and splits the paneled balustrade.  There are three french windows on the upper storey, but the ground floor holds the majority of detail, with a large decorative six panel door with patterned fanlight and sidelights in a flat arched composition.  Two tall flat arched Italianate windows break front and are further defined by a bold patterned string course moulding.

A cast iron palisade fence and ornate gateposts frames a spacious front courtyard area.

The terrace house is included in the City of Melbourne’s heritage overlay HO6 which covers all of Fawkner Park.

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  • Lesley Poker: Built in 1874. Originally built by a John Watson ( very wealthy) who built the one next door for his...
  • Anne: Thanks for your comment. We own one of these terraces and would be interested in any info you have.
  • Kate Van Dyck: Love this photo. One off my GG Grandfather’s lived in No 21 and died at that address. So...
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