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114-116 Grant Street, Golden Point. Ballarat, Victoria

This pair of semi-detached weatherboard terraces in Golden Point close to Canadian Creek, just south of the Ballarat CBD has an exceptionally rare feature of such houses in Australia, northern European style clipped or half-hipped gables.  Combined with their projective eaves and brackets and other timber decorative detail and mouldings (including six panelled timber Victorian style doors surrounded by sidelights, fanlight and paired double hung windows), bullnosed verandahs, iron lace fringe and brackets and tall polychrome brick chimney and party walls, this is a most distinctive pair of cottages.

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333-337 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

This row of three single storey double fronted red brick Victorian era terraces mid way along the block is probably most notable for sporting a rare piece of Australiana – a kookaburra motif in its iron lacework.  According to expert on cast iron lacework Graeme Robertson, just a couple examples of this pattern in use exist, and one of them, at 16 Chatsworth Road, Prahran was demolished a couple of decades ago.  The terraces were built in 1888 as homes for Ballarat’s middle class.  This may be the only row of terraces existing in Australia with this pattern.

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Oberon: 215 Lydiard Street, Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

Oberon is a freestanding single storey Italianate villa in the terrace house style. It is adaptively reused as offices. The house features what can best be described as a highly refined florid facade. In this design, the three most important elements – parapet, verandah and openings are given maximum emphasis in detail.

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23-25 Webster Street, Ballarat. Victoria (replicas)

Such is the effort that has gone into this replica that I almost did not recognise it as being one. This is one of the best efforts I found, so thought it worth mentioning. Presumably built around the 1990s next to an outstandingly large and tall terrace row, no expense has been spared in creating the illusion of a pair of Victorian terraces. If not for a few giveways such as use of clean modern bricks, a lack of render on the party walls, pastiche lacework, fence, garden and lighting and overall new look the average punter would unlikely know any different.

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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

308-312 Neill Street. Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

This small row of three red brick Queen Anne style terraces is unusual for Ballarat. While the marching down the hill style is similar to many in Soldiers Hill, the cute terraces of this row are unusually tiny and thin for Ballarat terraces, like miner or workers cottages. The size could possibly explained by their proximity to the railway station and the typically small blocks of the surrounding subdivision in Soldiers Hill.

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301-311 Lydiard Street Nth. Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

This row of six single storey rendered brick Victorian era terraces is the longest of several single storey rows along Lydiard Street. The row marches down the hill and terminates in an end terrace shop on the Seymour Street corner.

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