Posts Tagged ‘1910s’
Launceston is blessed with a wide variety of terrace styles. Wellington Terrace, a row of five homes exhibits a particularly rare variation with its prominent double storey loggia, a terrace style more common in places such as Drummond Street Carlton or East Melbourne. Architecturally it makes a striking statement with minimal ornament, apart from its rythmic row of arches, Italianate balustrade, pilasters and cornice treatment. The loggia and verandah dating to 1911 is likely an addition to the front of an earlier Victorian era terrace given that other architectural features including windows, doors and their mouldings appear to date to the late 1870s to mid 1880s. Another striking feature is its central narrow arched carriageway topped by its pediment name plate which bears its name ‘Wellington Terrace’.
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 all 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.