On the southern edge of Bendigo’s CBD is this gem row of three double storey houses built and named for Maurice Moran in 1873 (as inscribed on the tympanum of the parapet). Moran was a well known and respected resident who started as a printing foreman for the Bendigo Advertiser, Bendigo City Councillor, real estate developer and agent before moving to Melbourne and later Sydney.1 The design of residential architect T.A Nicholls2 produced a simple but stunning classically inspired row, with the most interesting features being the extensive vermiculation single storey verandah. Unfortunately it is difficult to photograph due to a mature evergreen situated right in front of the mid terrace.
Moran's Terrace: 100-104 Mollison Street, Bendigo. Victoria
The render simulates heavy unpainted stone and the pilasters add to the impression of solid middle class homes. A parapet with bold cornice and string courses hides the roof and chimeny while large classical vermiculated pilasters separate each bay. There are two windows in each bay each with classical mouldings and the keystones and ledges are also stunningly vermiculated. The party walls are decorated by scroll corbels. The verandah is notably absent of iron lacework, though a fringe and bracket may have been removed at some stage. Six panelled Victorian doors with transoms complete the picture of a refined entry.
Unfortunately while the facade is beautifully preserved, the interiors have been modernised, and for most of recent history appear to be rental townhouses, reflecting the unfashionable status of terraces in provincial cities.
This rare and substantial early row does not appear to be recognised by heritage bodies other than the local heritage controls in which it has its own overlay (HO201) under the City of Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme.3
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