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This little pair of Italianate terraces attempts a sense of grandeur with its richly decorative parapet which is at once distinguishing each house and having a composition which gives it the appearance of a single larger home.
The rendered parapet above each house features a central shell motif in a semicircular arch which is crowned and flanked by detailed finials sitting on decorated piers. There is an unexpected relationship of scrolls on either side sitting atop a balustrade. At either end, there is a pineapple finial. There is a frieze of festoons above a heavy cornice which has clusters of twin brakets and helps to visually divide the heavy top with the verandah below.
Ellendale is an outstanding example of an (almost) freestanding Victorian Terrace in inner Melbourne. With its more unusual features including a high broken round pediment framing the name cartouche in a temple like motif with classical entablature flanked by balustrade, pilasters with rectangular mouldings and spherical urns in unpainted render (although it appears to be missing the central urn inside the broken pediment). Additionally there are unusual and striking polychrome patterns and banding in cream, brown and red brick. The whole composition creates the effect of an incredibly commanding and solid looking terrace.