This row of six double storey Italianate terraces enscribed “Premier Terrace” (centre parapet), fronts Wentworth Park along the busy but tree lined Wentworth Road in Sydney’s Glebe between Mitchell Street and Park Lane and is serviced by Mitchell Lane.
The style is typical of the Italianate terraces of the late 1870s and early 1880s but more akin to the majority of Melbourne’s terraces. The origin of the name, along with the exact age, architect and builder as though this row is part of the Glebe Conservation area, it is not specifically mentioned in any heritage studies.
The ground level contains the most ornament with all of the tall ground floor windows arranged in three Palladian bays of flat keystone arches in a similar style to the doorways. The verandahs feature iron lacework and the corrugated iron veranda roof is painted in the banded style of the period. The terraces are suprisingly plain. The upper storey has just one French door per bay and the iron lacework is detailed but regular and accompanied only by miniature brackets without fringes and the ground floor is absent of lacework altogether. The parapet does its job of hiding the individual gables of the roof. It has a single cornice broken only by the party walls, although it seems evident that the decorative urns or pinnacles that may have once topped the parapet were possibly removed at some stage. Chimneys are located to the sides and rear. The party walls are dressed by acanthus scrolls and extend out to the property line to frame the front courtyards with its Italianate pillars and iron palisades sitting atop rendered foundations. The arrangement of original lean-tos remain fronting Mitchell Lane.