Nepean Terrace: 128-132 Gipps Street, East Melbourne

Nepean Terrace is a significant early terrace in East Melbourne near the Fitzroy Gardens. Architecturally, it is from an era before iron lacework became popular. Instead the regency style inspired design features a single storey verandah of concave roof with an arcade of arches supported by paired wooden posts. The brackets feature elaborate carvings of floral patterns, as do the party walls and ledges with their finely moulded corbels.


The upper storey features architraves and ledges beneath a prominent cornice and balustrade and centre triangular parapet featuring the name and date. Although missing some of its urns, the terrace is largely intact. It was build for lime merchant Henry Dyer from 1863-1864. The architect is unknown,12 though the State Library of Victoria has copies of the original designs.3

Nepean Terrace is on the Victorian Heritage Register (H0053) and is additionally situated within a City of Melbourne heritage overlay (HO137).

It was the home of Frederick Baker, whose died on stage at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. His ghost “Federici” is purported to haunt the theatre.45

Nepean Terrace 128-132 Gipps Street East Melbourne

Nepean Terrace 128-132 Gipps Street East Melbourne

  1. Victorian Heritage Register listing
  2. East Melbourne Historical Society record
  3. State Library of Victoria record H42725
  4. East Melbourne Historical Society
  5. Melbourne City Walk #7 from thatsmelbourne.com.au

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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...
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