1 Curzon Street

1 Curzon Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

Also known as Monaltrie House
Previous Address
Constructed 1888
Style Victorian, Late: 1875-1901
Architect Alexander E. Duguid
Builder James Bailey, 27 Chapman St Hotham

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Land Details

Building Details

Built for engineer, George Small in 1888 this house was owned and occupied by him until his death in 1903.

Architect, A.E. Duguid and builder, James Bailey were responsible for the creation of Monaltrie House. Duguid also designed the nearby significant Wesleyan Church and Hall at 23 and 23A Gladstone Street, Moonee Ponds in 1890; the imposing Corswell at 78 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds; and Congregational Church, 62-74 McCracken Street, Kensington.

Contributory elements include:

• a free-standing two-storey stuccoed double-fronted brick house, with parapeted roofline, and hipped corrugated iron clad roof behind;

• red brick to side and rear walls;

• simple Italian Renaissance Revival styling;

• siting at an unusual obtuse angle following that of Hawke and Curzon Street, as a corner site terminating single storey rows of earlier but similar Victorian-era cottages in both streets;

• one bay built at the street alignment, whilst the other is set back to accommodate the verandah;

• two-level iron cast-iron verandah with frieze, integral fan brackets, posts and a convex verandah roof;

• encaustic tiled verandah floor with a stone threshold;

• iron double palisade picket fence;

• three light double-hung sash windows, two windows on forward bay with shaped cemented architrave;

• Edwardian-era five panel half glazed door with Edwardian-era pattern leadlight top light, assumed installed after sale of the house in the early 1900s;

• cemented rosettes and brackets set under the eaves within the cornice entablature;

• vermiculated blocks and brackets to verandah end walls and cornice termination; and

• contribution to Victorian-era residential streetscape in Hawke Street, extending into Miller and Spencer Streets.

Other Architectural work carried out by A.E.DUGUID was a residence called Aucholzie at Tullamarine, for Malcolm Ritchie, esq. source: https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/197424/download-report



Other significant buildings designed by Alexander E. Duguid can be found on the following link.

PROV Burchett Index & West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016

Subsequent Building Alterations

Changes include the upper level verandah door, and removal of both chimney cornices.

West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016

Architectural Features

  • Fence
    Cast Iron

  • Lacework
    Cast Iron

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes


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