35-37 Brighton Road, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

This magnificent boom style pair is obscured from busy Brighton Road by large trees, however it is well worth stopping to look at.  These are particularly wide and grand terrace houses and both are in apparently excellent condition.

Terrace Houses: 35-37 Brighton Road, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

Terrace Houses: 35-37 Brighton Road, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

The pair is symmetrical with the two halls adjacent to each other.  Each house has a tall parapet featuring classical entablature and triangular pediment complete with a detailed cartouche inside and with small crowns on each corner.  Four roses surround a second blank cartouche below with concave corners.  On either side is a scroll and along the top of the cornice is a row of blind balustrades with an urn or finial.  The effect is a particularly impressive interpretation of classical architecture.  It also conceals a corrugated iron gable roof and two large chimneys.

The party walls and double storey verandah are particularly detailed.  The party walls feature a shell motif within the front of the round cap below which are panels of vermiculation and tall scrolls with acanthus leaf.  The verandah features elaborate cast iron lacework, including a frieze of vine with brackets, fringe and balustrade split into three bays by two cast iron columns with corinthian capitals , swirling bases, medallions and other details.  The lower frieze and brackets are noticeably deeper giving the terrace a very leafy filigree appearance at ground level.

The facade appears deliberately played down in comparison to the verandah, with tall rectangular openings with moulded architraves on the upper storey, round arched double hung windows at ground level and blind arches on the party walls.  The doors have round arch panel surrounds with etched glass.

Both appear to have their fine rear outbuildings intact and 35 presents these on the corner of Mozart Street.

The terrace houses are within City of Port Phillip heritage overlay HO7.

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