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Athol and Gowrie: 330-332 Punt Road, South Yarra. Melbourne, Victoria

Athol and Gowrie, a pair of single storey Italianate terraces on Punt Road, stands bastardised as an example of what happens when you denude a terrace house.  The balconies have been removed for as long as I can remember, however the trees which once obscured these terraces from the street have been removed more recently and replaced with a paved carparking area, as has the 1960s style awning which were once over the doors and the pastel blue paint which gave it the appearance of a pokey run down cabaret venue.  The plainness of the facade without the verandah is quite evident, however there is a sense of grace in its current incarnation with its simple, almost Georgian like symmetry and cream paint accentuated by the addition of an equally minimalist cream wall.

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79-81 Merton Street, Albert Park. Melbourne, Victoria

This pair of terraces stands out for many reasons.  Firstly it is one of Melbourne’s few triple storey terrace houses.  It really stands tall even in Albert Parks streetscapes which are littered with rows of (mostly double storey) terrace housing.  Secondly because of the stark contrast in style and condition of the two.  Thirdly that they don’t even truly share a common party wall (it is two party walls side by side) makes their development all the more interesting.  Many villas in the Albert Park area share this double party wall configuration, however it may also suggests 79 could have been a slightly later addition.

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  • ANNETTE: My family lived in 102 Victoria St for many years. I was born into this home and it housed my family of 7....
  • admin: Many thanks for pointing out the error Ian ! Should be fixed now.
  • Gutter Cleaning: I actually cleaned the gutters on that old building once. Shame to see such an beautiful building...
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