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Formerly a row of four, the remaining three of this row of single storey Queen Anne terraced cottages tells the sad tale of heritage in Melbourne’s Hawthorn which is being assailed by development from all directions. Just a stones throw from the magnificent Auburn Road precinct reknowned for its late Victorian streetscapes, this row however has no heritage protection and it shows. One of the end terraces (28) has already been demolished to become a rear access driveway for a showroom/factory complete with a lovely barb wire fence. The row is unfortunately heavily obscured by evergreen shrubs. The terrace pictured (number 26) which although unoccupied and derelect is in the most original condition, but currently advertised for sale as a development site.
This freestanding boom style double storey terrace is unfortunately not heritage protected and is in an unrenovated state. Its double storey verandah balustrade, iron lacework and roof has been removed with a single column and decking all that remains and there are large visible cracks on the facade. Still the facade is largely in its original condition and the lack of verandah reveals a richly decorated parapet and party walls.
I chose to post this freestanding terrace out of sheer sympathy as much as anything. Extremely difficult to date, but presumably originally Victorian, this terrace has been bastardised beyond belief at some stage in its history – most probably the late 1950s. The effect of this renovation gone wrong of the original facade has all but rendered this terrace house unrecognisable from what it once was. The “tinning” comes complete with aluminium sliding windows, security fly screens and besser wall.
Sobraon is a magnificent row of three storey terrace houses in Paddington, Sydney is an unusual Italianate composition. The name could have come from a clipper of the same name which was regularly moored at Rose Bay between 1867-1871 and the largest composite ship ever built1 (itself named for a war in Punjab India in the 1840s) the sails and masts which may well have once been visible in the distant harbour from the rear of these homes. The mid terrace is notably wider than either flanking terrace. (Photo by: J Bar licenced under (CC-SA))
- http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/libraries/rare/bax/FromSailingShipstoSteamItemsfromtheAllanEBaxCollectionofMaritimeHistory/parkinsobraonphotograph.html ↩
The Australian style of terrace was not entirely limited to Australia. There are in fact several examples across the Tasman. Some of New Zealand’s Victorian cities actually have extensive stands of terraced homes. However few match the Australian style as well as this row of three wide terraces. The row is closer to the Melbourne vernacular with its double storey bullnose verandah featuring twin iron columns and lacework with brackets and parapet covering the roof and the centre parapet the feature of the row but in red brick. (Photo by: Arthur Benchill licenced under (CC-SA))