7-9 Victoria Street, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

This pair of double storey terrace houses in St Kilda displays elements of a couple of different styles, suggesting it has been greatly modified over time.  The two hip roofed terrace houses share a common prominent party wall which is plain except for a couple of acanthus scroll corbels and has a rectangular profile stepping back between the roofs.  The design notably has no parapet and two large chimneys on either side provide a singularity and balance to the row.  The terraces themselves appear simple enough and have the classical treatment of the 1870s.  The distinctive feature however is the wooden fretwork of the Edwardian period, complete with matching picket fence.

7-9 Victoria Street, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

7-9 Victoria Street, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

The halls are side by side toward the centre of the terraces with two double hung windows on either side of the doors on both floors.

The entryway is emphasized by a round arch timber framing on the verandah with miniature brackets, the rest of which is decorated with “Federation style” wood slat fretwork with alternate carved inserts.  The upper storey features an additional column to divide the bays into three.

The brickwork may have been rendered over and painted at some subsequent stage.

The pair is offered some heritage protection via the City of Port Phillip heritage overlay HO5.

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  • Lesley Poker: Built in 1874. Originally built by a John Watson ( very wealthy) who built the one next door for his...
  • Anne: Thanks for your comment. We own one of these terraces and would be interested in any info you have.
  • Kate Van Dyck: Love this photo. One off my GG Grandfather’s lived in No 21 and died at that address. So...