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8-14 Morang Road, Hawthorn. Melbourne, Victoria

Despite being some of the architecturally most impressive in the area, this row of five double storey Hawthorn (polychrome) brick houses is scarcely mentioned in official heritage studies, particularly the Morang Road precinct1, although neighbouring single storey terraces are.  Perhaps it is assumed.  In any case these boom style Italianate terraces were erected in 1887 (as indicated on the parapet) as a speculative development, exploiting the proximity to Hawthorn railway station which had increased in prominence with the line’s extension to Camberwell.

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  1. Hawthorn Heritage. 1997

27-33 Hawke Street. West Melbourne, Victoria

While architecturally simple and missing their iron lacework decorations, these four single storey row houses are of a style that is actually quite rare in Melbourne but proliferated in the 1870s in inner Sydney areas such as Glebe and Newtown where extensive rows can be found (example 31-42 Mitchell Street, Glebe). What is distinctive about this style is not the transverse gable configuration, but the combination of the blade party walls, central chimney, slate tile and banded paint (cream and maroon) concave corrugated iron verandahs referred to as Post-regency in Sydney. Constructed between 1870-1872, they were built for John Marley who lived at number 33 and remained their owner until the 1890s.1

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  1. City of Melbourne i-Heritage

333-337 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

This row of three single storey double fronted red brick Victorian era terraces mid way along the block is probably most notable for sporting a rare piece of Australiana – a kookaburra motif in its iron lacework.  According to expert on cast iron lacework Graeme Robertson, just a couple examples of this pattern in use exist, and one of them, at 16 Chatsworth Road, Prahran was demolished a couple of decades ago.  The terraces were built in 1888 as homes for Ballarat’s middle class.  This may be the only row of terraces existing in Australia with this pattern.

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15-17 Franklin Street, Maddingley. Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

Not something that you’d expect in Bacchus Marsh, much less one of its suburbs, this is a very rare row of double fronted single storey terraced homes. Described by the Moorabool council as “brick cottages” it is one of the only heritage protected structures in Maddingley and has its very own heritage overlay HO15.

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102-106 Victoria Street, Footscray. Melbourne, Victoria

This row of three narrow single storey terraces has been in the news lately as it has narrowly escaped compulsory acquisition and demolition1 that is set to clear land for a new railway line as part of the Victorian Regional Rail Link while the same cannot be said for the row of three 1990s postmodern terrace houses at 96-100 on the adjacent site.

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  1. Ted Baillieu slams government for treatment of ‘marooned’ families NORRIE ROSS, MATT SCHULZ HERALD SUN JULY 19, 2010 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/fast-track-to-misery/story-e6frf7kx-1225893665022

Saltaire: 8 Thorn Street, Essendon. Melbourne, Victoria

Standing as a lone freestanding suburban terrace house overlooking Lincoln Park in Essendon is this landmark Victorian home in the Australian filigree style. The polychrome brick terrace has many classical features to indicate its Italiante style, while its overall composition is distinctively eclectic.

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23-25 Webster Street, Ballarat. Victoria (replicas)

Such is the effort that has gone into this replica that I almost did not recognise it as being one. This is one of the best efforts I found, so thought it worth mentioning. Presumably built around the 1990s next to an outstandingly large and tall terrace row, no expense has been spared in creating the illusion of a pair of Victorian terraces. If not for a few giveways such as use of clean modern bricks, a lack of render on the party walls, pastiche lacework, fence, garden and lighting and overall new look the average punter would unlikely know any different.

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