Posts Tagged ‘1910’
I find this short row of five unnamed Edwardian terraced houses very interesting. Firstly because Edwardian terraces are rare in Melbourne and this is an intriguing example as it has some pretty unusual design elements for a Melbourne terrace. The way that the end terrace sports a variation in design and faces in a different direction adds significant asymmetry, interest and intrigue to an otherwise symmetrical row of houses. The row marches up the slight incline of Howard Street not unlike a row of Sydney terraces, but so discretely you almost wouldn’t notice. The fins of the roof are exposed are also much more akin to Sydney Victorian era terraces than Melbourne. The striking red brick form of the walls, terracotta tiled gable roofs with their row of ridge capping and picturesque chimneys dotted with rows of squat pots set it apart from the majority Victorian Italianate terraces in the area.
Nestle cottages was a very rare1 row of terraces built outside of Warrnambool and although it was added to the Historic Buildings Register in 19862, it was subsequently demolished on appeal by the developer – Nestle3. The terrace was designed in England in 19104.
At the time the media cried foul that heritage was being put before progress. Despite the signatures of 2,000 people from a local conservation group trying to save the building, the state government overturned the heritage listing and the Minister for Planning allowed for their demolition in 1987 3.