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2-10 Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point. Sydney, New South Wales

This row of four terrace houses, hidden in a Potts Point sidestreet would have to be one of the most interesting in Sydney. Standing at 3 storeys with an additional attic level and English style basement, they create, along with their neighbouring rows, a truly impressive Victorian streetscape that would certainly not look out of place in inner London. There are a few key things that set this terrace apart – the prominence given to the roofs; the Italianate style of the faceted bay which rises through the centre of the facade of each house; and the skillful reservation in which ornament is used. All these things give symmetry, lend the row a sense of grandeur and elegance as well as donate significant rhythm to the street.

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367-368 Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West. Melbourne, Victoria

On Beaconsfield Parade opposite a small triangular reserve, Catani Gardens and West Beach in St Kilda, can be found what remains of a truly special row of Melbourne terrace houses.  Only 2 of the original spectacular row of 5 houses remain. The State Library of Victoria records this terrace as 3 storeys, perhaps because their photographs do not show the sunken English style basement floor.  Although bastardised the remaining terraces are three bays wide and retain some of their original features. 1940s remodeling and demolition have rendered this row of terraces almost unrecognisable from what it once was.  

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18-20 Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point. Sydney, New South Wales

This row of three terraces forms part of a longer spectacular streetscape in a tree lined Potts Point back street.  What makes it especially interesting is that it is a four storey row without even counting the attic something which is more common in parts of London but especially rare in Australia.

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Fernville Terrace: 35-41 Mackenzie Street, Bendigo. Victoria

Fernville Terrace is a relatively large row of terraces for a regional Australian city and is a striking sight in the precinct around the Sacret Heart Cathedral.  The design is particularly interesting.  Set on a hill, the double storey terrace follows the downward slope, with the bottom storey appearing sunken from street level.  In fact the entrances to the terraces are on the second storey, accessed by stairways which form a key part of the architectural expression.

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Milton Terrace: 1-19 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point. Sydney, New South Wales

With a picturesque setting at the feet of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by the harbour this row of ten triple storey houses with sunken English style basements known as “Milton Terrace” built in 18801 and  includes individually named terrace homes including Kia-Ora (17), Chelsea (15) and Surrey (13). (Photo by: Greg O’Beirne licenced under (CC-SA))

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Magnolia Flats: 270-282 Bridge Road, Forest Lodge. Sydney, New South Wales

Magnolia Flats (formerly Magnolia Terrace) is a row of five three storey Victorian terrace houses (with English style basements) in Forest Lodge. The signage on the central parapet has the name and date (1885). The most interesting aspect of this terrace is the large driveway arch at the end terrace which would have once let horses to back stables.  The end terrace has rooms extending over this arch and the party wall extends to the street as a gate post with an urn to allow for a complete, uninterrupted streetscape. (Photo by J Bar licenced under CC-SA” width=”400″ height=”300″ />

Photo by: J Bar licenced under (CC-SA))

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59-63 Park Street, South Yarra. Melbourne, Victoria

This unnamed terrace of three large homes in South Yarra is a rare example of the English style basement which is common in Sydney – in Melbourne. The combination of the three storeys and the elaborate treatment of the facade and detailed iron lace makes it notable.

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