57-71 Napier Street, Essendon. Melbourne, Victoria

This impressive row of eight double storey boom style polychrome terraces, captured by Alastair Lamont, is situated close to the “Windy Hill” Essendon football ground (home of AFL’s Essendon Bombers). Suprisingly for such a rare substantial suburban row, these homes are not even afforded local heritage protection under the Mooney Valley Council Planning Scheme.1 ¬†Though they appear to be generally well looked after and highly sought after.

57-71 Napier Street Essendon

Photo by Alastair Lamont. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Victorian terraces at 57-71 Napier Street Essendon

Presumably erected around the 1890s (information on these homes is scarce), some of them have been painted over, though most are being restored to their original Hawthorn brick and cream polychrome facades. The tall parapets above a deep string course feature classical segmental arch pediments each with a single festoon above a shell motif and circle balustrades and urns hide each roof gable. The verandahs are dressed in iron lace consisting of panelled cast iron balustrades and shallow fringes, brackets and column dividing the entry bay. Polychromatic quoins and voissoirs surround each of the windows.


  1. Mooney Valley Council Planning Scheme

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