I have always been intrigued by this handsome threesome of houses at the northern end of Bay St, constructed in 1900. The tree obscures some of the details described in the citation below.
The allotment was purchased from the Crown by T Fordham. By February 1900 the land was owned by James McLaughlan, of Howe Crescent, South Melbourne. During that year he erected three 8 room brick houses.
‘A rare example in Port Melbourne of a grand terrace of three houses, it is of unusually late date for the style. The terrace demonstrates the original mixed residential and commercial character of Bay Street. The terrace is notable for its elaborate parapet design and cast iron balcony decoration.
These three two storey terrace houses were constructed in polychromatic brickwork, now painted. They are relatively wide and have cast iron balconies and verandahs.
The central house is more elaborate than its flanking neighbour, having a triangular pedimented parapet and more complex cast iron decoration. In addition, the central house has tripartitite windows, arched to the ground floor, rather than the paired windows found on the other three houses.
The cornice detailing on the two outer houses differ from that on the central house. The south house has a rectangular pediment which differs from the possbily altered pediment on the north house. The original decorative urns have been removed.’
Source: City of Port Phillip Heritage Review Database No: 256