4-6 Longmore Street, St Kilda West. Melbourne, Victoria

This pair of narrow cottage sized single storey Italianate terrace houses feature a dainty design of intricate mouldings and a brickwork. The colour schemes of the symmetrical facades are a contrast in tastes, with 4 being restored to sympathetically reveal original tuckpointed brickwork and tile patterns while 6 is completely painted white, the trademark of the middle classes contrasted with black painted iron lace.

Terrace Houses: 4-6 Longmore Street, St Kilda West. Melbourne, Victoria

A high parapet effectively hides a gable roof, atop the rendered parapet section is a round arched pediment featuring a large seashell pattern which sits above free classical entablature including a central cartouche and flanked by balustrades. A bold cornice breakfronts with twin corbels above a frieze of mouldings featuring a string of two festoons in the section framed by the brackets.

The party walls rise as pedestals with finials on either side of each house to complete the parapet and to provide symmetry and separation. At cornice level, they have floral medalions before projecting forward to frame the verandah roof on either side of which is a round finial above a floral emblem and a stunning corinthian capital gives the brick columns the illusion of tall columns.

The verandah itself has a corrugated iron roof which is pitched such as to be just visible from the street. It is decorated with fine cast iron lacework brakets and fringe.

The doors and hallways back onto each other. The door has elaborate timberwork and glass surrounds, including etched glass patterns in the skylight above. The door surrounds and bay window feature a row of arched windows openings and mouldings connected by a string course. The faceted Italianate style bay window projecting to provide natural light to the single front room is one of the key visual features of the houses. The original brickwork, revealed on the house number 4 emphasizes this feature with a lighter colour brick below the arched mouldings.

The consistent picket fence while more than probably not original complements the row with its round caps and makes a contribution streetscape.

The terraces fall within the City of Port Phillip planning scheme’s HO3, one of the largest heritage overlays in the metropolitan area.

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