163 Capel Street

163 Capel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer: Stephen Hatcher

Also known as
Previous Address 163 was also known as 51 Capel Street, Hotham before street renumbering. It was originally a Victorian-era family home, today that land is part of a school. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed
Style Late twentieth century: 1960 – 2000
Architect
Builder

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Land Details

  • Current map
  • 1895 MMBW map
  • Compiled Crown Record Plan

Building Details

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Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features



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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The historic Victorian era building on this land has been demolished and replaced by a three storey brick school. Designed by A.A Fritsch in the Romanesque style and built in stages between 1903 and 1913.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
Mr. F. Griffin, first Crown land purchaser source: Hatcher Index
abt 40 thousand years earlier 1835 Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Victoria source: Hatcher Index

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1960 1960 Apartments source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1950 1955 Domenic Fedele source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1945 1945 A. Settineri source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1940 1940 D. Italiano source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1935 1935 John Cusack source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1920 1930 David Turner source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1915 1915 William Dean source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1905 1910 Edmund Duggan source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1900 Denis Duggan source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 John McLoughlin source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

1903.  ELOCUTION and DRAMATIC ART, by Certificated Tutor. Special concessions to College and School Classes, Socities and Dramatic Clubs. EDMUND DUGGAN, 51 CAPEL STREET, NORTH MELBOURNE.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197212447

source: The Age 1903


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Context and Streetscape

Precinct

This property resides within the municipality of the City of Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge it is on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation.
source: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/history-city-of-melbourne.pdf
historical map source: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover/explore-collections-format/maps/maps-melbourne-city-suburbs

Zoning
This information must be verified with the relevant planning or heritage authority.

Streetscape

The streetscape can be characterised as a mix of Victorian and modern buildings. Eight of the original seventeen single-story Victorian terrace dwellings plus some double storey commercial buildings are on its western side, south of Victoria Street, while on the eastern side, the street retains sixteen of its original thirty-six, wider sized early Victorian, two storey terrace homes, as well as two story modern public housing townhouses.

Crossing over Victoria Street to the north on the eastern side, nineteen of the original thirty-two equally fine examples of early two storey Victoria terrace dwellings can be seen, dispersed by a small number of modern two storey buildings. Unfortunately, all twenty-two of the original Victorian terrace dwellings on the western side from Victoria to Queensberry streets have all been demolished, replaced by taller modern commercial buildings that are out of character with the existing surrounding Victorian architecture of this once predominantly single and double storey residential streetscape.

Heritage of note include two 2 storey terraces at 62 and 64, both have National Trust classifications and Heritage Victoria registrations. Two more include two single storey terraces dwellings at 81 and 83 that were designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Mr. George Raymond Johnson.

Other Information

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