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Specimen Cottage, the oldest terrace house in Bendigo is also reputed to be the oldest house and possibly oldest buildings in the city. The row of two sandstone ashlar cottages was built in two stages. The first single storey double fronted cottage was erected in 1856 by local stonemason James Brierley. The name and date are enscribed in stone above the doorway. In 1861 he extended it with a matching double storey cottage.
Located on the corner of Princess Street and Petrie Terrace, this row of four attached workers cottages on the fringe of the central business district was built in an era when Brisbane was still without public transport. Forming part of the historic Petrie Terrace group of terraces and cottages, its prominently steep gable roof is free of projecting party walls and each cottage is marked only by paired dormer windows and shared chimneys between each pair. This is probably the most rustic of the remaining working cottages with its corrugated iron roof clearly corroding. The addition of an interwar shopfront on the corner obscures one of the end terraces.
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.