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I discovered this delightful semi-detached pair of late Victorian terraces while wandering from the train station to Bendigo’s central business district. The first suprise of my investigation of this great little pair of rare picturesque Queen Anne/Rustic Gothic terraces was its unrestored condition, the second was its lack of any heritage status in an area which is being rapidly redeveloped. The two are currently on one title and adaptively reused as offices. An unfortunately placed tree makes capturing the pair in one photo impossible.
This pair of narrow working class cottages are situated near the Victoria Street railway bridge and are distinctive due to their rustic gothic style.
The style was mildly popular in the 1860s but seldom used in terrace houses in Victoria. As such, houses like these are quite rare in Melbourne. It features a corrugated iron roof with chimneys at its apex set back. A key feature of the terraces is the front gable with its decorative bargeboards and tall turned wood finial. Load bearing brick party walls frame each house and project to the property line.
Sydney’s Newtown has many impressively intact rows of Victorian terrace houses on relatively flat terrain and this terrace forms part of an impressive row or eight overlooking Hollis Park which was formerly known as L’Avenue. These end terraces, tall for two storeys, are in the distinctive Queen Anne style terrace has a fanciful gothic feel thanks to its tall gables with frilly wooden bargeboards and tall wooden finials on a steep slate roof. The roof features tall picturesque chimneys complete with patterned mouldings. The two gables frame a large bay window which goes up the full two storeys with a small slate roof in the gable. The terraces are mirrored at the other end of the row, which has taller Italianate houses in between, however 7 and 8 have been substantially compromised and barely recognisable with enclosed verandahs and other later additions.