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45-53 Chaucer Street, Moonee Ponds. Melbourne, Victoria

We’re extremely lucky to have such an avid readership and one passionate reader Ian Macwhirter, responded to our call for contributions with a photo and well written piece about a beautiful boom style freestanding terraces of Chaucer Street in Moonee Pond and provided permission to publish them here. Ian writes:
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Shakspeare Terrace: 329-343 Punt Road. Richmond, Victoria

Shakspeare Terrace (an obvious if curious mispelling of the famous Shakespeare) is a row of eight double storey Victorian Italianate terraces positioned as one of the most visible in Melbourne commanding a prime position between the Punt Road Oval (and iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground) and Richmond railway station, it is also one of the most sadly neglected terraces in Melbourne.

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Strathearn: 92-98 Bull Street Cooks Hill Newcastle New South Wales

We’re attempting to correct an imbalance thusfar on this site against Newcastle, a fantastic city that is home to some of Australia’s most interesting terrace housing, with this row of four that caught the eye of our own Michael Gardner. Named Strathearn and erected in the inner suburb of Cooks Hill in 1889 it displays some of the regional variations that make Newcastle terraces so interesting.

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Surreyford: 3 Bedford Avenue, Surrey Hills. Melbourne, Victoria

Some 14 kilometres east of Melbourne’s CBD, close to Surrey Hills railway station can be found this rare and grand freestanding double storey terrace house named “Surreyford”. This terrace was erected in 1889, a year after the railway to Lilydale was duplicated and it is one of a number of homes of this era built nearby although they are mostly single storey villas.

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Ballarat Terrace: 227-231 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

Ballarat Terrace, built in 1889, is about as close to the Melbourne boom style of terrace that you can find outside of Melbourne. The terrace is fully restored and operates as a bed and breakfast. It was designed for publican Hugh Raverty by local architect firm James and Piper.1

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  1. Turner, Brian. The Australian Terrace House. pg 74

The Mansions: 40 George Street, Brisbane. Queensland

The Mansions is a Brisbane landmark.  The huge row of six three storey terraces were built in 1889 to the design of G.H.M Addison and is a rare example of the American Romanesque style being applied to a row of terraced homes. The building features some unique characteristics, including cat gargoyles on the corners of the parapet which is a balustrade.  The long limestone loggia are a substitute to the iron lacework typical of Australian terraces. 

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Victoria House and Hopetoun House: 22-24 Northcote Road, Armadale. Melbourne, Victoria

There is a certain grace and elegance to Armadale’s terraces.  Many are grand, but exist in very short rows.  Along the eastern side of Northcote Road there are several grand examples set high up back from the street obviously a vantage from which they have elevated views of the city skyline.  This double storey row at 22-24 is no exception.  I find it particularly interesting as for a boom style pair they manage to pull off a sense of grandeur despite their comparatively refined ornament.

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