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57 Morrah Street, Parkville. Melbourne, Victoria

Houses like this freestanding boom terrace style home are my personal favourites and Parkville is a place which abounds in such examples of high Victoriana. Unrendered and painted in mustard to simulate sandstone, this particular home was built in 1882 1 and retains many of its original features.  Though it appears to currently be undergoing renovations, hopefully much of its character can be preserved.

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  1. City of Melbourne i-Heritage database

Ray Villa and Harris Villa: 45-47 Waterloo Crescent, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

This exuberant semi-detached pair of Victorian Italianate villas, set back from the street, is one of two such pairs in close proximity (the other I will post at a future date).  Disappointingly while other nearby properties do, neither of these pairs has any heritage status under the City of Port Phillip planning scheme. There are several features of this terrace which are architecturally interesting, apart from the general mannerist baroque composition of the parapet, it is rare to see the diagonal criss-cross lattice where you’d normally expect a classical balustrade on an Australian terrace.  

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Roseneath and Culloden Cottage: 311-313 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. Victoria

Roseneath and Culloden Cottage are a fine pair of semi-detached single storey Victorian Italianate terrace houses in South Melbourne.  The most notable feature is the elaborate parapet mouldings which is strongly visually separated by a bold cornice and includes a named cartouche framed by scrolls and other mouldings in an unusual free classical composition.  Both are currently adaptively used as cafe/restaurants.

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21-51 Georgina Street, Newtown. Sydney, New South Wales

This photo taken from the Newtown Synagogue shows the long row of fifteen grand triple storey Italianate style terrace houses dominated by a massive Moreton Bay fig tree in the middle of the street. Almost half of the row fronts Hollis Park.

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Gladstone Terrace: 38-50 Melville Street, Dunedin. New Zealand

Another Kiwi terrace and again in Dunedin which is fortunately blessed with many buildings of this kind. Gladstone terrace was built in 1880 and marches down an incline with blade party walls along the exposed corrugated iron roofline  much like Australian terraces in Sydney.  Its single storey verandahs however have been unsympathetically built in.  The row is given a modern look which significantly detracts from its appeal and I’m not certain as to its original verandah decoration if any and whether it featured iron lacework at any stage.

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7-9 Broadway, Camberwell. Melbourne, Victoria

This pair of terrace houses is not just interesting for its highly embellished facade and regal appearance, but the fact that it is a rare example of a suburban row to be found almost 14 kilometres from the Melbourne City Centre.

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Harris Terrace: 80 George Street. Brisbane, Queensland

Harris Terrace is one of Brisbane’s rare terraces.  Built in 1867 by local businessman George Harris who named the terraces for himself and designed by J & G Cowlishaw, Harris Terrace was aimed at providing accommodation for the Brisbane bourgeoisie.   It was renamed “Harris Court” following the common nomenclature for prestige flats in the 1920s, however the name and date on the central parapet plaque remains.

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