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Sobraon: 17-21 Ormond Street, Paddington, New South Wales

Sobraon is a magnificent row of three storey terrace houses in Paddington, Sydney is an unusual Italianate composition.  The name could have come from a clipper of the same name which was regularly moored at Rose Bay between 1867-1871 and the largest composite ship ever built1 (itself named for a war in Punjab India in the 1840s) the sails and masts which may well have once been visible in the distant harbour from the rear of these homes.  The mid terrace is notably wider than either flanking terrace. (Photo by: J Bar licenced under (CC-SA))

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  1. http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/libraries/rare/bax/FromSailingShipstoSteamItemsfromtheAllanEBaxCollectionofMaritimeHistory/parkinsobraonphotograph.html

Dr Martin’s: 86-88 Collins Street. Melbourne, Victoria

This impressive row of two triple storey terraces was once actually a row of three built for Dr Robert Martin in 1873 by James Gall (a third house in this row was demolished in 1976 to give the Nauru House office tower a Collins Street address). It is now one of just a handful of terraces remaining in the Melbourne CBD.  The terraces, originally a combination of consulting rooms and residence have been adaptively reused as offices with ground floor boutique retail.

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3-9 Crown Street Woolloomooloo. Sydney, New South Wales (demolished 1980s)

This row of very tall triple storey terraces was a sad loss to Sydney, though fortunately others like it still do remain in the inner suburbs. (Image courtesy of City of Sydney Archives, CRS 000275)

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Granite Terrace: 1-9 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Melbourne, Victoria. (demolished 1965)

Granite Terrace (pictured here in 1958 a hundred years after its construction in 1858) is one of those buildings for which I wish I had a time machine to plead with developers not to demolish.  Armed with the knowledge of what was there before it is a painful experience to see what is there today.  Granite Terrace, a three storey Regency style terrace flanked another famous Melbourne terrace completed the same year – Royal Terrace. The facade of Granite Terrace was, as the name suggests, made of load bearing granite, in fact a light variety of the stone, however side walls were of bluestone.  The terrace had quite an interesting history.  It was built by Henry Miller, M.L.C. known as  “Money Miller” and the stone was quarried from his quarries at Mill Park near Morang1 and the architects were Robertson & Hale2.

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  1. “Victorian Building Stones”.  Secretary of the mines department, 1949
  2. South Fitzroy Study 1979. pg 15

The Mansions: 40 George Street, Brisbane. Queensland

The Mansions is a Brisbane landmark.  The huge row of six three storey terraces were built in 1889 to the design of G.H.M Addison and is a rare example of the American Romanesque style being applied to a row of terraced homes. The building features some unique characteristics, including cat gargoyles on the corners of the parapet which is a balustrade.  The long limestone loggia are a substitute to the iron lacework typical of Australian terraces. 

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Karlsrue: 34 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli. Sydney, New South Wales

Perhaps the most impressive feature of this tall freestanding Victorian terrace in Sydney’s inner north is the triple storey verandah, replete with iron lacework. Although the upper storey with its bullnose roof is missing its brackets the terrace has unusual wooden friezes with fringes, brackets and decorative cast iron columns on every level.  This is rare for a Sydney terrace as on most triple storey or taller terraces the verandahs do not extend to the top floor. (Image by Sardaka)

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11-17 Walker Street, Lavender Bay. Sydney, New South Wales

Actually a pair of two identical double storey semi detached sets of terraces with an original attic level,  this symmetrical row marches up a hill overlooking Sydney Harbour and is an interesting combination of Italianate and French Second Empire styles. (Photo by: Sardaka licenced under (CC-SA))

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