Posts Tagged ‘mannerist’
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.
Houses like this freestanding boom terrace style home are my personal favourites and Parkville is a place which abounds in such examples of high Victoriana. Unrendered and painted in mustard to simulate sandstone, this particular home was built in 1882 1 and retains many of its original features. Though it appears to currently be undergoing renovations, hopefully much of its character can be preserved.
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 is a row of is actually part of a row of nine (this one of four and another identical row on the street of five) broken by a single storey terrace house in between. While Brian Turner’s book Australian Terrace Houses has a historical photo of a near identical row of seven terrace houses in Erskineville, the book also says that it was demolished, so I’m not sure whether the book is incorrect, that there were once clones of this terrace in the area or that just some of the houses in one of these vestigal rows were demolished. The terraces themselves are straight out of the Victorian Regency textbook with a touch of mannerism, with heavy square columns forming a recessed portico columnade and loggia.