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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. As such, houses like these are quite rare in Melbourne. It features a corrugated iron roof with chimneys at its apex set back. A key feature of the terraces is the front gable with its decorative bargeboards and tall turned wood finial. Load bearing brick party walls frame each house and project to the property line.
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.