Hazelwood Terrace: 46-48 Howe Crescent, South Melbourne. Melbourne, Victoria

Hazelwood Terrace is a row of three italianate styled, elaborately and ornate stucco terraces. Howe Crescent forms part of the St Vincent Gardens street plan. These terraces were designed prior to the iron lacework trend originally designed by Clement
Hodgkinson for George Black, but with modifications by esteemed architect Charles Webb who designed Melbourne’s famous “Grand” Victorian hotel (now the Windsor).1 With a solid looking brick rendered facade modelled on stone work, this terrace is unique for the treatment of its prominent ground level balcony and arcade of classically inspired doorways.

The three doorways create a slightly asymmetrical composition and complete with elaborate details keystones and composite pilasters. The upper level features triangular pedimented window hoods. The prominent segmented arched pediment of the parapet marks the centre of the facade bears the name of the terrace and a prominent acroteria. Similar terraces can be found in East Melbourne, though this style is rare elsewhere.

The terrace is of state significance and also forms part of the heritage overlays with each of the three houses having its own overlay in the City of Port Phillip Planning Scheme.2

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References

  1. Heritage Victoria record H0222
  2. City of Port Phillip Planning Scheme heritage overlays HO155, HO156 and HO157

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