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.
Although the cartouche on the end terrace reads both its name and a date of 1988, Tyler Terrace was actually completed in 1989. It represents a gentrification of Brisbane during this period1 and immediately following World Expo ’88. Tyler Terrace represents an entrepeneurial effort to capitalise on the nostalgia of the large number of southerners migrating north to Queensland.
The terraces themselves are quite generously proportioned and double fronted. Their rendered facades features flat arched windows and wide french doors with window surrounds. There are classical scroll corbels on the party walls and traditional gates and palisade fences framing front courtyards. The treatment of the verandahs is particularly notable. The corrugated iron roof is angled to make it less visible to passers by and there is excessive but refined use of imitation cast iron lacework with coupled column supports on the wide verandahs on either side of the entrance with a bracket, fringe and lace balustrade. The house at 195 achieves an additional sense of grandeur with the terrace name on the cartouche and by being wider than the rest, with extra width and emphasis achieved by an additional column coupled with the party wall on either side.
The end terrace fronting Fortesque Street is also given authentic treatment, punctuated by double hung window casements with realistic sills and an arched opening on the party wall.
Finally the impressive row also has a facade fronting the rear on Reading Street. The presence of anachronous carports is partially disguised by a deliberate focus on recessed iron lacework decorated balconies and bays of double hung windows.
- pg 70. Inner City Renaissance – The Changing Face, Functions and Structure of Brisbane’s Inner City. Robert Stimson, Pat Mullins, Scott Baum, Rex Davis, Sally Gleeson and Kirstyn Shaw. University of Queensland ↩