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8-14 Morang Road, Hawthorn. Melbourne, Victoria

Despite being some of the architecturally most impressive in the area, this row of five double storey Hawthorn (polychrome) brick houses is scarcely mentioned in official heritage studies, particularly the Morang Road precinct1, although neighbouring single storey terraces are.  Perhaps it is assumed.  In any case these boom style Italianate terraces were erected in 1887 (as indicated on the parapet) as a speculative development, exploiting the proximity to Hawthorn railway station which had increased in prominence with the line’s extension to Camberwell.

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  1. Hawthorn Heritage. 1997

21 Hill Street, Hawthorn. Melbourne, Victoria

21 Hill Street is a richly detailed double storey house which is built in the terrace style although freestanding. This grand terrace features a hipped slate roof culminated in a central chimney above bracketed eaves – a design theme while repeated elsewhere, along with the verandah, makes an impressive statement here.

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3-5 Hill Street, Hawthorn. Melbourne, Victoria

The simple restrained treatment of this row of two double storey terrace Hawthorn houses matches the mood of the sky in this photograph.  The design suggests the Regency style, probably in the 1850 and 1860s which is quite old for Melbourne and more of the style which predominates the inner working class suburbs of Sydney.  It is situated near a tramway, the original cable trams were not built until 1886, so it may have been built before the trams arrived.  Hill Street has many early Victorian villas a mix of modest and elaborate.

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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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