Posts Tagged ‘ascot vale’
This freestanding boom style double storey terrace is unfortunately not heritage protected and is in an unrenovated state. Its double storey verandah balustrade, iron lacework and roof has been removed with a single column and decking all that remains and there are large visible cracks on the facade. Still the facade is largely in its original condition and the lack of verandah reveals a richly decorated parapet and party walls.
This small row of single storey terrace homes are interestingly named after towns in Gippsland (eastern Victoria) founded during the Victorian era. That is at least three of them are still towns – Lilydale has since become absorbed in metropolitan Melbourne. While photographing I was quite shocked to find many of the homes in this area with signs saying “We Oppose Inappropriate Development” apparently created by an organisation known as “Save Our Streets”. I asked a resident about the signs and they told me that residents were furious about the lack of heritage controls and that several significant nearby heritage homes in the area had been demolished to make way for multi-storey apartment buildings, however the group’s lobbying had managed to stop another of them. While the City of Moonee Valley does provide some heritage controls for the simply stunning examples of Ascot Vale Victorian era heritage I was quite suprised to find that none currently apply to this row of terraces and similar ones nearby.