Posts Tagged ‘villa’
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.
Oberon is a freestanding single storey Italianate villa in the terrace house style. It is adaptively reused as offices. The house features what can best be described as a highly refined florid facade. In this design, the three most important elements – parapet, verandah and openings are given maximum emphasis in detail.
Set within a suburb with some fantastic examples of 1880s architecture is this unusual semi-detached pair of Victorian Italianate villas named Agincourt. Each house is asymmetrical, but the pair combines to a unique create symmetry and among the notable features are the campanile-like towers and the restrained ornament used to best effect.
Sitting all by itself, without any heritage protection and surrounded by sprawling modern factories but in remarkably good condition is this little Coburg gem. It certainly is an unusual sight with its spectacular display of polychrome brickwork patterns of zig zags and diamond under the window, its elaborate ironwork including spiral window columns, classical verandah supports, brackets and frieze and its highly decorative parapet and party walls. Perhaps it is a “nail house” and someone lives there or perhaps it has been adaptively used as a small office or something.