This pair of terrace houses is not just interesting for its highly embellished facade and regal appearance, but the fact that it is a rare example of a suburban row to be found almost 14 kilometres from the Melbourne City Centre.
Terrace Houses: 7-9 Broadway, Camberwell. Melbourne, Victoria
The small row of two symmetrical semi detached terraces has sophisticated Italianate detailing including a high rendered parapet on each house hiding the two gabled corrugated iron roofs. The parapet is topped by a triangular pediment and crown which divides the facade into three bays and tops a small temple motif. The temple motif sits on classical entablature flanked by pedestals (presumably missing urns or finials) and scrolls. Inside the is a blank cartouche inside a flat arch motif with a keystone. A blind balustrade of knotted linked circles completes the picture.
A cornice below with a frieze of dentils is propped by scroll corbels on either side and pairs of brackets in between spaced below by festoon and wreath mouldings in stucco, the largest of which is saved for the centre bay.
The lack of prominent side party walls and hip roofed verandah emphasizes the semi detached nature of the terrace, with the verandah wrapping almost to the sides. At the centre, however is a strongly defined party wall appearing as a tall pedestall which splits the two houses and is topped by a large spherical finial. The verandah has a pitch low enough to hide its corrugated iron nature and has notably fine detailing including a row of classical dentils and string courses and a fringe of iron lacework which appear as a frieze with pendants ocassionally dropping. The low corinthian capitals on the cast iron columns suggest that there may have once been accompanying curved brackets.
The facade is equally ornate, featuring the rectilinear variety of Palladian window design framed by spiraling cast iron columns providing the front room with light. The Victorian doorways has an elaborate door and surrounds complete with skylight and stencilled glass patterns with the typical side-by-side hallways gravitating toward the centre of the terrace.
I’d estimate by the mannerism used that this terrace dates to around 1889-1891. They are in generally good condition, however one has an extension at the back which appears to have replaced most of the rear after the front few metres as is typical with modern renovations.
These beautful terraces are located in City of Boroondara heritage overlay HO159 giving them heritage protection.