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I discovered this delightful semi-detached pair of late Victorian terraces while wandering from the train station to Bendigo’s central business district. The first suprise of my investigation of this great little pair of rare picturesque Queen Anne/Rustic Gothic terraces was its unrestored condition, the second was its lack of any heritage status in an area which is being rapidly redeveloped. The two are currently on one title and adaptively reused as offices. An unfortunately placed tree makes capturing the pair in one photo impossible.
This pair of narrow working class cottages are situated near the Victoria Street railway bridge and are distinctive due to their rustic gothic style. The style was mildly popular in the 1860s but seldom used in terrace houses in Victoria.
Set within a suburb with some fantastic examples of 1880s architecture is this unusual semi-detached pair of Victorian Italianate villas named Agincourt. Each house is asymmetrical, but the pair combines to a unique create symmetry and among the notable features are the campanile-like towers and the restrained ornament used to best effect.
This small row of single storey terrace homes are interestingly named after towns in Gippsland (eastern Victoria) founded during the Victorian era. That is at least three of them are still towns – Lilydale has since become absorbed in metropolitan Melbourne. While photographing I was quite shocked to find many of the homes in this area with signs saying “We Oppose Inappropriate Development” apparently created by an organisation known as “Save Our Streets”. I asked a resident about the signs and they told me that residents were furious about the lack of heritage controls and that several significant nearby heritage homes in the area had been demolished to make way for multi-storey apartment buildings, however the group’s lobbying had managed to stop another of them. While the City of Moonee Valley does provide some heritage controls for the simply stunning examples of Ascot Vale Victorian era heritage I was quite suprised to find that none currently apply to this row of terraces and similar ones nearby.