St Vincent Place houses

Repost this day in 2018:

I think of #StVincentPlace #SouthMelbourne as full of grand terraces, but there’s actually a lot of free-standing #villas and single storey ones too. It’s now extremely expensive real estate, so they’re all totally renovated, paint taken off bricks, mostly heritage colours, but the paint-everything-shades-of-grey disease also to be seen. They’ve all got giant extensions behind, the first one even has a basement pool, but nothing allowed to stick behind thank goodness. St Vincent Place is the only urban area listed by #heritagevictoria- once they listed it they realised the work involved in approving every little thing (or big things in this case) created a giant workload, so they havnt done it again. Councils are mostly good at protecting precincts in any event. Mostly.

Repost this day 2018 : #StVincentPlace, a fine #terracepair. Proper #Victoriancolours, I’m very pleased to see. I’m guessing Manila, Cumberland Stone, and Rich Red. Yes it’s all very earthy, but that’s pretty typical for the period – though the walls would usually be #cementrender #grey, the Victorians liked a bit of contrast. It’s a far cry from the currently popular so boring dark grey on light grey. Nice to see two owners agreeing on matching colours too.

This grand but otherwise typical house in #stvincentplace has this great detail on the parapet! Classical dolohins. It’s also just been completely done over. But actually there wasn’t much original inside left, in fact in 2013 it was sold half gutted/renovated, but then they left just three walls and some roof; the end result though is very nice, channeling Victorian houses without being literal. By @b.e_architecture, and completed maybe 6 months before I took my photos.

Repost 2019: There’s not that much #ArtNouveau in Melbs really, especially on houses, but here’s one in #StVincentPlace that’s clearly inspired by the 1898 #ViennaSecession building, but without the gold. The clustered leaf decoration appears here and there around town, might have been a particular builder or company ? This is a c1905 renovation of an earlier house, and no architect has been identified.

Update: Actually the decoration is very similar to the 1910 Bayview hotel in Nelson place Williamstown, by architect Gordon McCrae- same big round leaves and more naturalistic, so either save modeller or same architect

Repost 2019: Fantastic house in #StVincentPlace #AlbertPark by #FrederickDeGaris, who did some pretty OTT Italianate stuff esp in the south area, but here in 1893 went for an eclectic mix, #polychromebrick like the so-called #LombardicRomanesque, with round arched windows, the diagonal planning that was later so typical for Edwardian houses, and a wonderfully lacy, complex #castironverandah.

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