Thursday, 2 February 2012

MELBOURNIA TERRACE, CARLTON

Melbournia Terrace is situated in 1-13 Drummond Street Carlton, an inner city suburb. It is a National Trust classified terrace of seven houses in a key position in Drummond Street, corner of Victoria Street. They are presently private houses and interesting as one of the known works of Norman Hitchcock.


Norman Hitchcock a Victorian architect,  had established a reputation in Melbourne for his distinctive use of decorative details in speculative terrace housing in the suburbs of Carlton and Parkville. Caught up in the collapse of the Melbourne housing market and financial "crash", Hitchcock was declared insolvent in May 1891.4 Hitchcock was later listed in partnership with O N Nicholson in Melbourne, but then disappeared from sight, until he turned up practising architecture in Western Australia, where he specialised in the design of small speculative housing, particularly in the Fremantle area. For many years he lived in Hubble Street, East Fremantle. Hitchcock's work is notable for his repeated use of distinctive design and decorative details that makes his architecture easy to identify.


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12 comments:

  1. Everything looks so beautiful ...


    Please have a good new month and Thursday ahead.

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  2. I like his style Nick and I have seen his work in Fremantle, beautiful detail shots here.

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  3. I like how each one has been painted a different colour scheme.

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  4. In a way this style reminds me a bit of New Orleans. It is so ornate and beautiful. Love the iron work. What a wonderful post. I really did love seeing the buildings. genie

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  5. Such lovely detail work in those railings and carvings!

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  6. I like the painted ironwork in these photos! Neat atmosphere.

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  7. I love the details in the ironwork and the colors!

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  8. beautiful ironwork! love your framing on the first photo.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful view of these houses in a row!

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  10. Beautiful! I would agree with Genie (above) - the style is very much like what is seen in New Orleans.

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