The Clifton Hill estate was developed in the 1870s and with its own railway station opening in 1888 quickly sprouted a number of boom terrace rows. This row of seven (including corner shop) erected the same year in the Queen Anne style and is one of the most consistent and richly decorated in suburban Melbourne. They were developed by T Smith for Charles Abbott in 18881
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This pair of plain looking old terraces in formerly working class Collingwood is in fair external condition but obviously visibly showing its age, moreso the house at 92 which has the appearance of subsiding with large visible cracks along its facade, nevertheless it was recently advertised by real estate agents as “structurally sound” and recently sold for many hundreds of thousands.
Hillside is a terrace I’ve been fascinated with for many years. Occupying a commanding position setback high atop Richmond Hill on busy Hoddle Street, this tall double storey row of three Italianate terrace houses has been without its double storey verandah for so long I wonder if anyone remembers what the original looked like. Nevertheless, its architecture reveals many interesting and typically Melbourne features.
Granby is a row of three double storey terraces. The cartouche on the central parapet includes its name and date of construction – 1880. The terrace is typical of the kind built toward the top of the hill in Richmond in the early 1880s but with notable refinement of its verandah ornament.
The group of seven modest double storey working class terraces was built in 1890 to the design of H.M. Parlett on land beside the former Bedggood shoe factory in a narrow poorly planned street typical of those in the Richmond Hill area. It is actually two rows separated by a very narrow lane and slightly stepped up the hill from one another, a row of four and the higher row of three.
Tucked in a narrow one-way Fitzroy lane, this wide freestanding boom style terrace is extremely exuberant example of the free classical style. Of note is its specially cast iron lacework “opera box” style balcony and the multitude of male head busts which litter the party walls on either side, facing both forward and downward.
This row of two storey terraces sits in a little side street just of Johnston Street in Fitzroy. The context is most interesting, built right up to the property line and to the laneway of Harrison Place, as are the The curved out iron lacework balconies (missing on number 2 at the time the photo was taken). The narrow terraces have an italianate style similar to many in Sydney with small deck of parquetry floor tiles and a small cast iron fence with gate.