Posts Tagged ‘spring hill’
I became aware of this small but tall row of unnamed terrace houses when Today Tonight did a story on them. Hidden in a small lane off Wickham Terrace, they are currently owned by Astor Hotel Apartments and hired out as budget accomodation. According to the segment, some guests were not happy with their apparent poor interior condition.
This little row of two rare single storey terraces is notable for its use of wood lattice screens and lattice door which fully encloses its verandah to moderate the hot and humid subtropical conditions. The worker style cottages march down the slope of hilly Union street but is otherwise modest in design.
The corrugated iron roof is a simple two part affair with a main long gable with turned wood finials marking either end and a very flat pitched verandah roof. There lack of chimneys is further evidence of the response to climate.
I normally don’t get too excited by contemporary terraces, however such is the effort toward authenticity with this one in Brisbane that it warrants a mention. Set high on Spring Hill and overlooking Victoria Park Tyler Terrace is a row of five double storey houses named after a local builder restorer. Tyler terrace is a fairly accurate rendition of a typical row of classically inspired Italianate style Melbourne terrace houses – well researched with its pedimented parapet, finials and blind balustrade. The row is situated in an area which does have small patches of actual heritage terraces as well as several lesser attempts, which adds significant credibility to their appearance.