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Wellington Terrace: 9-15 Wellington Street. Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston is blessed with a wide variety of terrace styles. Wellington Terrace, a row of five homes exhibits a particularly rare variation with its prominent double storey loggia, a terrace style more common in places such as Drummond Street Carlton or East Melbourne. Architecturally it makes a striking statement with minimal ornament, apart from its rythmic row of arches, Italianate balustrade, pilasters and cornice treatment. The loggia and verandah dating to 1911 is likely an addition to the front of an earlier Victorian era terrace given that other architectural features including windows, doors and their mouldings appear to date to the late 1870s to mid 1880s. Another striking feature is its central narrow arched carriageway topped by its pediment name plate which bears its name ‘Wellington Terrace’.

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Shakspeare Terrace: 329-343 Punt Road. Richmond, Victoria

Shakspeare Terrace (an obvious if curious mispelling of the famous Shakespeare) is a row of eight double storey Victorian Italianate terraces positioned as one of the most visible in Melbourne commanding a prime position between the Punt Road Oval (and iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground) and Richmond railway station, it is also one of the most sadly neglected terraces in Melbourne.

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Drummond Terrace: 93-105 Drummond Street, Carlton. Melbourne, Victoria

Drummond Terrace (built 1890-1891 to the design of Walter Scott Law) is the longest and largest three storey terrace row in Melbourne in one of Carlton’s most terraced wide streets.  The row of seven triple storey terraces features long rendered loggia of round arches and balustrades, notably deviating from the popular filligree style of the period. A central free classical pediment and blind porthole marks the mid terrace, while interesting false chimney motifs mark the mid point of each individual terrace in the row.

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367-368 Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West. Melbourne, Victoria

On Beaconsfield Parade opposite a small triangular reserve, Catani Gardens and West Beach in St Kilda, can be found what remains of a truly special row of Melbourne terrace houses.  Only 2 of the original spectacular row of 5 houses remain. The State Library of Victoria records this terrace as 3 storeys, perhaps because their photographs do not show the sunken English style basement floor.  Although bastardised the remaining terraces are three bays wide and retain some of their original features. 1940s remodeling and demolition have rendered this row of terraces almost unrecognisable from what it once was.  

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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

The Mansions: 40 George Street, Brisbane. Queensland

The Mansions is a Brisbane landmark.  The huge row of six three storey terraces were built in 1889 to the design of G.H.M Addison and is a rare example of the American Romanesque style being applied to a row of terraced homes. The building features some unique characteristics, including cat gargoyles on the corners of the parapet which is a balustrade.  The long limestone loggia are a substitute to the iron lacework typical of Australian terraces. 

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Victoria House and Hopetoun House: 22-24 Northcote Road, Armadale. Melbourne, Victoria

There is a certain grace and elegance to Armadale’s terraces.  Many are grand, but exist in very short rows.  Along the eastern side of Northcote Road there are several grand examples set high up back from the street obviously a vantage from which they have elevated views of the city skyline.  This double storey row at 22-24 is no exception.  I find it particularly interesting as for a boom style pair they manage to pull off a sense of grandeur despite their comparatively refined ornament.

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