Fernville Terrace is a relatively large row of terraces for a regional Australian city and is a striking sight in the precinct around the Sacret Heart Cathedral. The design is particularly interesting. Set on a hill, the double storey terrace follows the downward slope, with the bottom storey appearing sunken from street level. In fact the entrances to the terraces are on the second storey, accessed by stairways which form a key part of the architectural expression.
Fernville Terrace: 35-41 Mackenzie Street, Bendigo. Victoria
The terrace is afforded special protection through the City of Greater Bendigo’s dedicated heritage overlay HO169 was first identified as of heritage significance in 19831. Brian Turner’s otherwise excellent book “Australia’s Iron Lace” (1985) also mentions the terrace with a captioned photograph, however places it in Ballarat rather than Bendigo2, a simple mistake frequently made between the two cities. A detailed heritage profile undertaken in 19933.
Hello, these are lovely. There is a terrific row of terraces in Melbourne – Barkly Street, Brunswick, just off Lygon Street heading east, which are also sunken below street level. Worth a look if you can.
I used to live in the terrace (far left) It was a B&B called Villa Heidi. I lived there during the years 2001 -2003 with my Dad and went to the local High School which was very near. Happy memories of the balcony at the back looking over Bendigo. It is now up for rent again and is half the price I pay for my apartment in Melbourne…. Happy days.
I lived in one of the terraces as a little girl in the 80’s and knew Heidi well, she was a lovely German woman. It’s a fantastic spot.
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