Figsby & Fareham, Robe Street, St Kilda

Repost this day 2019:

Looks so delicious in the afternoon sun – not only has Fareham and #Figsby in #RobeStreetStKilda got beautiful New Orleans style #castiron, it’s in lovely (and correct) chocolate brown and dull green, complementing the brickwork. Built 1867 and probably designed by the owner/builder William Allen, a very early example of #polychromebrick, the #castironlace has flat lacy columns instead of posts, hardly ever used in Melb, they’re three storeys (ground level lower behind) with no rear wing, more like London terraces AND – #AlbertTucker and #JoyHester lived in the front room in Figsby in 1945; Tucker painted his #ImagesofModernEvil series here, and no 24 depicts the cast iron ! (also Dave Hughes lived in Fareham till 2014)

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