Posts Tagged ‘regency’
This unnamed row of four double storey ashlar bluestone terraces in the Regency style includes “Wisteria Terrace” which operates as a bed and breakfast. The others remain used as houses. They form an important terraced city streetscape and are very typical of those in Adelaide, however with some distinctive features.
This row of four double storey regency style sandstone terraces has been adaptively reused as a Disability Information and Resource Centre and has recently been restored and refurbished.
The side walls are in ashlar while the front facade is smoothed sandstone blocks with rectangular mouldings around the openings and ledges on the windows. The double storey verandah is a simple affair with wooden support posts and wooden balustrades. The arched doorways are clustered together (as are the French doorways on the upper storey) and the ground floor sections around the door are emphasized by projecting forward.
Another interesting little row of terraces which is (at the time of writing) not covered by heritage controls. What I find most interesting about these Victorian Regency style terraces is the way that the architect or builder has attempted to address and express the glently sloping topography of the street. Only one of this row of three double storey terraces is stepped up, yet the treatment of the big bold cornice is noteworthy. The cornice, parapet and string course dynamically curves upward in an almost baroque statement accentuating the step down. The other end terrace (formerly a corner shop or pub) projects forward to the street with a splayed corner (topped by feature parapet flanked by scrolls) in another unusual relationship. The combination and composition is quite rare, especially for Melbourne.
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.
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.
The simple restrained treatment of this row of two double storey terrace Hawthorn houses matches the mood of the sky in this photograph. The design suggests the Regency style, probably in the 1850 and 1860s which is quite old for Melbourne and more of the style which predominates the inner working class suburbs of Sydney. It is situated near a tramway, the original cable trams were not built until 1886, so it may have been built before the trams arrived. Hill Street has many early Victorian villas a mix of modest and elaborate.