4-16 Burton Street, Glebe. Sydney, New South Wales

Glebe, like Paddington is one of those areas where you can almost get lost in the uniformity of the long stretches of double storey terraces.  Burton Street, set near the railway line, while not possessing many homes of great individual character is typically Sydney, but refreshingly different in its Victorian era charm with its narrow rising aspect and hodge podge of double and single storey terraces and styles.  The longest row in the street is this unnamed row of five, erected in 1881.

Double storey row at 4-14 Burton Street Glebe Sydney New South Wales

A couple of things stand out about this row, and they are not all architectural.  Firstly, the numbering is odd.  The first of the row is number 4, then 10 and onward, presumably due to its position directly opposite Burton Lane, however the homes closer to the start of the street are numbered 2 then 6.  Secondly, the parapet carries the name is emblazoned on its semi circular name plate, however rather than on the mid-terrace, the plate is positioned on the second in the row, number 10.  Combined with the neighbouring modern mock terraces on an unusually shaped plot of land and proportions of the end terrace leads one to presume that this assymetry is because there was once four terraces on either side which would have made it a more impressive row of nine and that perhaps part of the row was lost to make way for Lower Avon Street and more recent subdivisions.

An interesting feature of the terrace is that each home has its own name plate on the parapet, although only one, number 16 is named – “Mandello” which appears to have been immaculately restored including a period colour scheme.  The name is repeated on the entry fanlight in Victorian window stenciling above the four panel Victorian door.  The other terraces in the row remain in mixed condition.

The row is built to the property line with a palisade fence atop which sit narrow balconies and short concave corrugated iron roofs of which only Mandello possesses banded roof patterning typical of the period. The party walls are dressed modestly which makes a feature of the elaborate detail on the corbels which appear to be ionic scrolls with custom moulded patterns. Each balcony is dressed in idential delicate iron lace patterning, with the exception of 14, which is missing its iron lace and 10 which sports an unmatching pattern.  The upper storey has only discrete cast iron brackets while the lower storey features only a small fringe and brackets, missing on some of the homes, including 14.  Another interesting feature of the terraces is the Palladian layout of the upper storey french door and flanking windows.

The ground floor is of typical early 1880s Italianate style common in Sydney with paired arched windows with moulded hoods, prominent spiral columns and ledge.  4-12, however have paired windows as opposed to the triple windows of 14 and 16 which adds further weight to the theory that the two end terraces at 2, 4 matched this pattern and that the original home at 6 matched the pattern of the mid terraces.

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