John Beswicke on Bridge Road, 1887

Original post 8 March 2020

‘Three two storey shops’, in #BridgeRoadRichmond, 1887, designed by the prolific #JohnBeswicke. (also part of a great row of interesting and elaborate shops). A book published a few years ago by Beswicke’s grandson (who’s about 90) was based on family papers kept all this time, showing he designed at least 300 projects in a 35 year career, from the mid 1870s to 1900. Lots and lots of typical stuff like these shops, but also some rather quirky things like the eponymous #BeswickeBuildings in Brunswick Street, gorgeous #polychromebrick over three floors, a crenellated Tudor style house in Williamstown, the medievalish towered house that’s now #FintonaGirlsSchool, and a bunch of houses with his favourite #candlesnuffer corner turrets and / or clustered fretwork gables like on his own house Rotha at 29 Harcourt Street Hawthorn (where he designed 10 houses all in a row), Talana on Auburn Road, #Bendigonia on Queens Road and and #Warwillah on StKilda Road.

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