First posted Instagram 5 February 2020 This hasn’t changed appearance since the 70s, back then it was just ‘chinese food’, and now it gets 5 stars. A Victorian shop with an open verandah above like that is pretty rare, only one on a corner I can think of; though it’s possible the 50s/60s shopfront replaced … Continue reading Unusual Victorians in COLLINGWOOD on opposite corners
First posted Instagram 4 February 2020 Everybody’s favourite, this is Belmont in #JohnstonStreetCollingwood, looking very Colonial. This is because partly it is, the ground level anyway, built in bluestone in 1857 right on the street, with a few steps protruding onto the footpath, apparently because it was outside the area governed by the first building … Continue reading Colonial in Collingwood
A lovely well preserved #melbourneterrace, with original #tuckpointed #polychromebrick, all reasonably typical, except the #castironlace balustrade panels, very heavy floral, complete with fruit (?), but with curving sides, leaving some space, rather than more straight side, or joining up to create a continuous pattern. The same iron is also on another house around the corner, … Continue reading Some florid cast iron, South Melbourne
Just got a 1983 book on Australian 😁#castironlace (from Sydney so I’d never heard of it) so of course I’m checking it out, there’s this one short street in south melb, ward st, near the market, lined with two storey terraces, not all the same design, but about half have the same cast iron, a … Continue reading Six houses, same cast iron, Ward St, South Melbourne.
This #bandstand in the #GrattanGardens in #Prahran was built in ... nobody knows, just ‘late 19th century’. Very interesting #castiron, almost #MoorishStyle, from the Alhambra, but that #corrugatediron roof rather detracts from the elegance. It’s been moved a couple of times, in the process lost the balustrades, which are back since 2013, but don’t look … Continue reading Exotic cast iron bandstand in Prahran
A photo from c1960 of the #castironlace #verandah being removed from Hillside, a grand #melbourneterrace thousands pass every day on #HoddleStreetRichmond, when it was being converted to a ladies hostel (and it’s still operating as #HillsideCourt). Possibly the most famous place where the verandah is obviously missing. The photo is from ‘Victorian Heritage - Ornamental … Continue reading Postwar cast iron hatefulness in Richmond
One of two big mansions on Church Street on top of the small hill east of the #MiddleBrighton railway station. Another towered mansion, in #redbrick #Italianate form, but with hints of #gothicrevival in the window arches, and the prominent #gable ends. All details painted white, just as they have been probably since the 1950s. Original … Continue reading Calabria, Brighton, 1886