Posts Tagged ‘paterae’
This flatly laid out Italianate row of four double storey terraced houses could almost be mistaken for a typical Melbourne terrace if not for the discrete attic dormer profiles projecting above the parapet. One interesting aspect of the layout is the end terrace at 115 has a noticeably narrower profile and very subtle and skilled modifications have been made to the design to adjust.
Oberon is a freestanding single storey Italianate villa in the terrace house style. It has been adaptively used as offices.
The house features what can best be described as a highly refined florid facade. In this design, the three most important elements – parapet, verandah and openings are given maximum emphasis in detail.
This freestanding boom style double storey terrace is unfortunately not heritage protected and is in an unrenovated state. Its double storey verandah balustrade, iron lacework and roof has been removed with a single column and decking all that remains and there are large visible cracks on the facade. Still the facade is largely in its original condition and the lack of verandah reveals a richly decorated parapet and party walls, a pair of plain French windows on the upper storey as well as detailed ground level facade featuring a cluster of windows with arched mouldings and bracketed ledges as well as a timber framed Victorian door complete with decorated fanlight and sidelights.
Sitting all by itself, without any heritage protection and surrounded by sprawling modern factories but in remarkably good condition is this little Coburg gem. It certainly is an unusual sight with its spectacular display of polychrome brickwork patterns of zig zags and diamond under the window, its elaborate ironwork including spiral window columns, classical verandah supports, brackets and frieze and its highly decorative parapet and party walls. Perhaps it is a “nail house” and someone lives there or perhaps it has been adaptively used as a small office or something.