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40 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Melbourne, Victoria

This row of three Queen Anne style Edwardian terraces now has the same street address and have been divided into several units. It consists of two symmetrical terraces built right up to the street and a third set back concertina style with a variation in decoration. The main feature of each house, constructed of “blood and bone” red brick and render is the central half timbered gable projecting from the hipped terracotta tile capped roof.

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Granite Terrace: 1-9 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Melbourne, Victoria. (demolished 1965)

Granite Terrace (pictured here in 1958 a hundred years after its construction in 1858) is one of those buildings for which I wish I had a time machine to plead with developers not to demolish.  Armed with the knowledge of what was there before it is a painful experience to see what is there today.  Granite Terrace, a three storey Regency style terrace flanked another famous Melbourne terrace completed the same year – Royal Terrace. The facade of Granite Terrace was, as the name suggests, made of load bearing granite, in fact a light variety of the stone, however side walls were of bluestone.  The terrace had quite an interesting history.  It was built by Henry Miller, M.L.C. known as  “Money Miller” and the stone was quarried from his quarries at Mill Park near Morang1 and the architects were Robertson & Hale2.

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  1. “Victorian Building Stones”.  Secretary of the mines department, 1949
  2. South Fitzroy Study 1979. pg 15

127 Greeves Street, Fitzroy. Melbourne, Victoria

Tucked in a narrow one-way Fitzroy lane, this wide freestanding boom style terrace is extremely exuberant example of the free classical style.  Of note is its specially cast iron lacework “opera box” style balcony and the multitude of male head busts which litter the party walls on either side, facing both forward and downward.

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2-6 Spring Street, Fitzroy. Melbourne, Victoria

This row of two storey terraces sits in a little side street just of Johnston Street in Fitzroy.  The context is most interesting, built right up to the property line and to the laneway of Harrison Place, as are the The curved out iron lacework balconies (missing on number 2 at the time the photo was taken). The narrow terraces have an italianate style similar to many in Sydney with small deck of parquetry floor tiles and a small cast iron fence with gate.

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Barcelona Terrace: 27-37 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Melbourne, Victoria

Barcelona terrace is a row of seven terraced homes in Fitzroy built in 1881, one of few residential projects of notable Melbourne builders Cockram & Co 1 .  The terrace forms part of a fine Victorian streetscape in Brunswick Street.  Barcelona Terrace has all the hallmarks of a boom style Melbourne terrace, built on bluestone foundations.  Barcelona Terrace features a large central round pediment on the mid terrace parapet which includes the naming of the terrace, and extends evenly with a long balustrade and cornice.

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  1. Builders of Melbourne – The Cockrams and their contemporaries 1853-1972. Mary Turner Shaw. Cypress Books Melbourne, 1972
Recent Discussion
  • Lesley Poker: Built in 1874. Originally built by a John Watson ( very wealthy) who built the one next door for his...
  • Anne: Thanks for your comment. We own one of these terraces and would be interested in any info you have.
  • Kate Van Dyck: Love this photo. One off my GG Grandfather’s lived in No 21 and died at that address. So...
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