Terrace Houses: 8-14 Morang Road, Hawthorn. Melbourne, Victoria
Despite being some of the architecturally most impressive in the area, this row of five double storey Hawthorn (polychrome) brick houses is scarcely mentioned in official heritage studies, particularly the Morang Road precinct1, although neighbouring single storey terraces are. Perhaps it is assumed. In any case these boom style Italianate terraces were erected in 1887 (as indicated on the parapet) as a speculative development, exploiting the proximity to Hawthorn railway station which had increased in prominence with the line’s extension to Camberwell. Read more... (439 words, 2 images)
Freestanding Terrace: 21 Hill Street, Hawthorn. Melbourne, Victoria
21 Hill Street is a richly detailed double storey house which is built in the terrace style although freestanding.
This grand terrace features a hipped slate roof culminated in a central chimney above bracketed eaves – a design theme repeated elsewhere.
The verandah is the most important statement of this terrace. This is accentuated by the central breakfront triangular pediment propped up on cast iron columns and projected with wood brackets and a very short fringe to execute a temple effect. The pediment also features a decorative patterned cartouche inside of wooden fretwork or cast iron. The emphasis on the temple is accentuated further by the unusual relationship of a single central cast iron column below supporting the upper storey. Read more... (388 words, 2 images)