49 Curzon Street

49 Curzon Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
photographer, Stephen Hatcher
Also known as Union Memorial Church
Previous Address
Constructed 1879
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Architect Mr. Evander McIver
Builder brothers James, John & Albert Thurgood

Timelapse Building Images

North Melbourne Advertiser

Land Details

  1. 1895 MMBW map
  2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

Building Details

Architect Mr. Evander McIver’s account of the new church.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page252907

Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features


  • Elevation
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Steps
    Bluestone

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Building Ornamentation
    Concrete

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Hardware
    Steel

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Elevation
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Doors
    Timber

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Elevation
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Elevation
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Doors
    Timber

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Building Ornamentation
    Stone

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Walls
    Bluestone

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Building Ornamentation
    Stone

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Elevation
    Brick

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Doors
    Timber

    photographer Stephen Hatcher


  • Windows
    Glass

    photographer Stephen Hatcher

Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Owners

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Residents

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Social History

North Melbourne Presbyterian Church was founded in 1854.

A number of earlier church buildings occupied the site up until 1878. Competitive designs were called, architect Evander McIver and builder James Thurgood were chosen to build a larger church for the Union Memorial Church congregation.

Significant building status, the original foundation stone was laid by Sir Henry Barkly in 1859 and a memorial stone for the current church laid by Mr. James MacBain, M.L.A. on the 14/1/1879 in the presence of many spectators.

The church is a di-chrome brick building in the Gothic revival style. It has an asymmetrically placed brick tower and stuccoed spire. Internally the church has a gallery supported on cast iron columns with decorative cast iron panel railing.

Local craftsmen Ferguson and Urie made the stained-glass windows. The Union Memorial Church building is of architectural importance as it epitomises a substantial Presbyterian church built in the latter half of the nineteenth century with its galleries on three sides.

The nature of the meeting-house type of interior used by the Congregationalists, Methodists and Presbyterians can be fully appreciated in this church. This church is probably architect Evander McIver’s best surviving work.

The di-chrome brickwork, interior gallery, stairs and stained glass are just four of the notable features. The church hall is of architectural significance for the notable large exposed timber trusses.

The spire and imposing exterior of the church along with the intact manse, rear hall, parsonage and cottages results in a complex of aesthetic significance, which is a landmark in North Melbourne.

Argus 3/9/1879 page 3.

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Context and Streetscape

Precinct
The current 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

Streetscape

This streetscape contains a collection of historic Victorian and some modern buildings. These are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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