Posts Tagged ‘st kilda’
This architecturally fascinating eclectic double storey terraced pair located on once fashionable but now seedy St Kilda Hill features aspects of both Federation and Queen Anne styles merged with the terrace house idiom with its distinctive “blood and bandage” red brick and cream render. A picturesque effect is achieved through the central gable parapet along with the steeply pitched slate roof high chimneys with their terracotta pots. Dating to 1892, the residences were built for Gavan Shaw, a wine merchant who owned and lived in a neighbouring mansion. For many years, however, it operated as a backpacker hostel known as “St Kilda Lodge”.
This exuberant semi-detached pair of Victorian Italianate villas, set back from the street, is one of two such pairs in close proximity (the other I will post at a future date). Disappointingly while other nearby properties do, neither of these pairs has any heritage status under the City of Port Phillip planning scheme. There are several features of this terrace which are architecturally interesting, apart from the general mannerist baroque composition of the parapet, it is rare to see the diagonal criss-cross lattice where you’d normally expect a classical balustrade on an Australian terrace.
Crimea Street in St Kilda is a beautiful street lined by mature plane trees. While there are a number of flats, there are also a number of large and handsome Victorian homes including a few pairs of terrace houses like this one. This semi detached pair would have to be one of the most imposing, however. Set well back from the street and with generous wide proportions and extremely high ceilings, a lot of effort has gone into simulating stone and solid construction giving the terraces an overall majestic appearance. Unlike other Melbourne terraces, however this is notably achieved without heavy emphasis on its parapet.
This row of three east facing single storey terrace houses is set back slightly from the street on a narrow back lane facing a bluestone lane. The modest decoration and other stylistic anomalies suggests it has been modified at points during its life. There are a couple of hints as to its past condition. The appearance of this row and its setting is much more akin to early working class terraces in Sydney than Melbourne.
Sometimes adaptive reuse can be a bad thing and this complex in tree lined Park Street is a prime example. While it was not uncommon for terraces to have their balconies built in to create more room, this early 1980s curtain wall job to create 24 apartments from 4 large terrace houses is more than a little brutal …
It a bit stunned me to discover that this pair of large unnamed but seemingly well kept double storey terraces has never featured in a heritage study or been included in a heritage overlay. Considering the huge amount of redevelopment that Wellington Street has seen since the 1960s it is remarkable that they remain a feature of this area.