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As a lover of both the gold rush city of Bendigo and the variety of terraced housing to be found there it is suprising to find that while heritage overlays exist across most of Bendigo, this single storey row of three homes simply named “Terraces” in suburban Ironbark is afforded no heritage protection. This is despite an Ironbark heritage study being published as recently as 2010.1
Specimen Cottage, the oldest terrace house in Bendigo is also reputed to be the oldest house and possibly oldest buildings in the city. The row of two sandstone ashlar cottages was built in two stages. The first single storey double fronted cottage was erected in 1856 by local stonemason James Brierley. The name and date are enscribed in stone above the doorway. In 1861 he extended it with a matching double storey cottage.
I discovered this delightful semi-detached pair of late Victorian terraces while wandering from the train station to Bendigo’s central business district. The first suprise of my investigation of this great little pair of rare picturesque Queen Anne/Rustic Gothic terraces was its unrestored condition, the second was its lack of any heritage status in an area which is being rapidly redeveloped. The two are currently on one title and adaptively reused as offices. An unfortunately placed tree makes capturing the pair in one photo impossible.
This pair of terrace houses, among the most impressive double fronted double storey renaissance revival teracces I have seen in Australia is currently recovering from severe 1960s bastardisation. Until recently an unfortunate 60s reno had resulted in poorly maintained lacework was enclosed by wood, demolition of the third in the row to be replaced by a block of dog-box flats and the whole facade obscured by paperbark trees. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of these terraces is that they have full verandah facades on both sides with a rare long parallel double hipped roof.