Bodford Terrace: 21-27 Drummond Street, Carlton. Melbourne, Victoria
Despite the name (along with the date of construction) appearing centrally on its parapet, confusion over the naming of this terrace parallels its sketchy history. Today this row of four classic double storey Victorian houses is recognised by the name “Bodford Terrace”, however even during its early years it was also referred to as “Bedford Terrace”, perhaps a case of mistaken identity. The origin of the name and its developer, most likely is obscure. What is known is that it is among Carlton’s earliest terraces, erected in 1868, predating the 1880s boom, however since its initial construction it has gone through signficant stages of appreciation and neglect. Read more... (288 words, 2 images)
Single storey terrace houses: 27-33 Hawke Street, West Melbourne
While architecturally simple and missing their iron lacework decorations, these four single storey row houses are of a style that is actually quite rare in Melbourne but proliferated in the 1870s in inner Sydney areas such as Glebe and Newtown where extensive rows can be found (example 31-42 Mitchell Street, Glebe).
What is distinctive about this style is not the transverse gable configuration, but the combination of the blade party walls, central chimney, slate tile and banded paint (cream and maroon) concave corrugated iron verandahs referred to as Post-regency in Sydney. Read more... (252 words, 2 images)
Fern House, Victoria House, Albert House and Park House: 67-73 Morrah Street, Parkville. Melbourne, Victoria
This row of four typical Italianate double storey Melbourne terraces is situated in Parkville which is a small are with one of the most beautifully preserved stands of terraces in Australia. While the rendered terrace is more subdued than others in the area, there are still some subtle but interesting horizontality emphasised by the cornice and the linear friezes of the verandah and repetitive parapet which is relatively intact with its ball finials. Read more... (378 words, 2 images)
Freestanding Terrace: 34 Park Place, South Yarra. Melbourne, VIC
This freestanding boom style terrace in great condition was originally built in 1891 by Alfred Taylor and is part of a subdivision with direct frontage to beautiful Fawkner Park.
The terrace itself is an flamboyant composition with typical Melbourne features including a high parapet of classical entablature with a triangular pediment topping a festoon in moulded stucco and flanked by scrolls and a balustrade. Urns on either side complete the Italianate silhouette. The party walls are clearly defined and feature another pair of urns with lions heads on the upper storey and female heads on the lower storey staring out over the park with wide scrolls in between. A bold cornice sits between the party walls and is propped up with dentils and a frieze of classically inspired mouldings including floral paterae. Read more... (296 words, 2 images)
George's Terrace: 59-65 Cardigan Street, Carlton. Melbourne, Victoria
This row of four double storey terraces was four houses, built in 1905 by George Ievers, a realtor and speculator.
George’s Terrace appears as an Italianate Victorian Terrace (compare to nearby Mary’s Terrace) however built many years after the end of the boom. The naming appears in a cartouche under a classically inspired pediment with crown and flanking scrolls. Read more... (229 words, 2 images)
Shoreham: 9 Chetwynd Street, North Melbourne. Victoria
Shoreham is a grand freestanding terrace style house with boom style characterstics although it was built some time after the boom in 1898 and classified as Edwardian.
The red brick and stucco render (or “blood and bone” style) terrace dominates the streetscape and is grander than most boom style 1880s homes. With a tall parapet with classical entablature, including a segmental pedimet and detailed mouldings including a cartouche with the name and date. The palladian composition of the parapet is flanked by balustrades but missing its finials on the pedestals on either side of the parapet. Read more... (356 words, 2 images)
Former Lonsdale House: 470-502 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
This rare pair of three storey terraces is one of a handful of original terraces remaining in the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) and has had an interesting life. It was originally designed by prominent architect Lloyd Tayler. Shortly after its constuction in 1886 the terraces were converted into a private hospital known as Lonsdale House. It was used for a brief time by the navy during World War I, served as a music academy, nurses hostel and again a hospital during World War II. After the war it became the offices of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) before being absorbed into the construction of the County Court complex in the 1990s. Read more... (215 words, 2 images)