Shoreham: 9 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne. Victoria

Shoreham is a grand freestanding terrace style house with boom style characterstics although it was built some time after the boom in 1898 and classified as Edwardian.

shoreham 1898 9 chetwynd street north melbourne victoria

Shoreham: 9 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne. Victoria

The red brick and stucco render (or “blood and bone” style) terrace dominates the streetscape and is grander than most boom style 1880s homes. With a tall parapet with classical entablature, including a segmental pedimet and detailed mouldings including a cartouche with the name and date. The palladian composition of the parapet is flanked by balustrades but missing its finials on the pedestals on either side of the parapet.

A bold dentilled cornice sits above a patterned frieze. The party walls feature triglyphs and mouldings at each level with large ball shaped urns with finials on either side of the verandah On the side walls, patterned bricks form zig zag patterns. The deep double storey verandah itself is dressed in thick iron lace and divided into three bays by two sets of cast iron corinthian columns. Each has a deep freize in iron lace with brackets and fringe. The cast iron balustrade belies out in a curve of custom casted panels.

The facade itself features three arched French window openings on the upper storey with a detailed stain glass opening on the party wall. The ground floor features two similar round arched windows and a gigantic doorway which has stained glass panels. The house is slightly set back from the street with the party walls and palisade fence framing a small courtyard.

Shoreham was built by William Duke, who resided in the house from the turn of the century. It was designed by William Webb and built by McConnell and McIntosh. The name Shoreham may have been inspired by the Victorian port village established a decade earlier, which was in turn named after a village in mother England.

The house is heritage protected by the City of Melbourne with a heritage overlay (HO3) and a grading of B, although it is not classified of state significance.


One Response to “Shoreham: 9 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne. Victoria”

  • Oliver:


    Re: 9 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne. Victoria

    This is just around the corner from where I live (also in a double-storey terrace, on the corner of Walsh Street and Milton Street), and I coincidentally walked past it today.

    Being on the south side of Victoria Street, it’s actually in West Melbourne, not North Melbourne.

    Hope this helps.



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