Posts Tagged ‘1910s’
Historic Portland, Victoria’s first settlement and early whaling colony has a number of remnant timber and bluestone cottages that are similar in some ways to terrace housing. This unusual single storey row of three terraces was the result of a 1913-14 extension of a former hotel known as the “Builder’s Inn”, one of Portland’s earliest hotels originally erected in 1849.
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.
This interesting row of double storey terraces in rural New South Wales was not originally a terrace house. Originally a brewery built in 1882 out of sandstone it was converted into two wide double fronted houses of the typical Australian terrace style in 1915.
The most interesting aspect of this terrace was inherited from its days as a brewery, the arched entryway which would have allowed horse and cart to carry beer barrels to the rear stables. A long corrugated iron gable roof in the style of many Queensland terraces creates room at the front for the cast iron lacework decorated verandah.