Original post 1 April 2018:
The outstandingly OTT #minimansion, the #JosephLalorHouse #Church Street, Richmond, 1888, heavily modelled, nothing is flat, it’s all engaged #columns, projecting #bracketed elements, columns in a variety of sizes. I call it #chunkyvictorian.
The architect #williamgeorgewolf was born in NY, then trained in Germany (#grunderzeit anyone?), then came here in 1884 where he did lots of big hotel/pubs like the huge ornate #canterburyhotel. When the boom bust he went to Perth and did #hismajestystheatreperth in a similarly OTT manner. Lalor was the dr son of Peter Lalor of Eureka stockade fame, who went on to become an MP. Joseph died after only 2 years in his big new house. Update : it was sold in 2016 after 60 years in one family to become family home again (this time with a pool). It’s safely on the Victorian Heritage Register. These photos actually from 2014. Update : the interior restoration is by @domicile_melbourne, and it’s quite beautiful. The very long entirely lawn rear 2/3 of the block was developed as townhouses in c2021, accessed by the access drive down the side now called ‘stockade lane’.
The townhouses :