594 Spencer Street

594 Spencer Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photos permission given by Trevor Gange, Partner Jellis Craig Real Estate North Melbourne
Also known as Linton terrace
Previous Address
Constructed 23/8/1876
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Architect Robert Taylor
Builder Robert Taylor

Timelapse Building Images

2004

http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

1999

Carolyn Whiting visiting 594 Spencer Street, West Melbourne.

Carolyn’s story

“We lived in a two-storey terrace at 594 Spencer Street, West Melbourne, between Hawke and Abbotsford streets.”

North Melbourne Library, Natasha Stellmach photographer

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW map.

2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

3. First crown land purchaser Mr. B. Cowderoy, first mayor of the Municipal Council of St Kilda.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10343302

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Spencer

Number: 6883. Date 23/8/1876

Owner & Builder: Robert Taylor

Fee: 7.0.0

Type: Four 2-story houses, with a private back yard gardens.

Other significant building works t.b.a.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

2018 floorplan

current photos permission given by Trevor Gange, Partner Jellis Craig Real Estate North Melbourne

2018 heritage features preserved

current photos permission given by Trevor Gange, Partner Jellis Craig Real Estate North Melbourne

current photos permission given by Trevor Gange, Partner Jellis Craig Real Estate North Melbourne

current photos permission given by Trevor Gange, Partner Jellis Craig Real Estate North Melbourne

current photos permission given by Trevor Gange, Partner Jellis Craig Real Estate North Melbourne

Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

What is significant?
Robert Taylor was the owner, architect and builder of these row houses in 1876. He lived in 596 (then 239)
Spencer Street until 1886, but retained ownership for at least another ten years. The other occupants included
William Stubbs, Richard Manly, Edward Day before 1896, when all the tenants were women, Sarah Williams,
Margaret Anderson, Caroline Malony, Mary-Ann Barber.

Contributory elements include:
• a two storeyed, parapeted and stuccoed brick row of four;
• transverse gabled, corrugated iron clad roofs behind the parapet;
• cast iron two level verandahs, with friezes, integral brackets, and roundel pattern iron;
• cemented chimneys;
• simple cemented decoration typical of the early Victorian-era including cornices, cricket bat mouldings with
scrolls on the verandah walls, together with the parapet urns;
• double-hung sash windows and 4-panel doors with toplights;
• raised siting, with stone steps up to the verandah;
• iron fences on dressed stone plinths, with iron side fences rather than masonry but with a cemented and
capped post at the end houses; and
• contribution as part of a long Victorian-era residential streetscape.

Integrity is good despite missing parapet urns on 592-596 (see urns on 590 Spencer Street) also some details
altered.

How is it significant?

Linton terrace or Taylor’s row houses are significant historically and aesthetically to West Melbourne.

Why is it significant?
Linton terrace or Taylor’s row houses are significant.

• Aesthetically, an early and near original row of a common West Melbourne row house form and a
contributory part of a valuable Victorian-era streetscape; and

• Historically, a speculative row by the architect-owner-builder and representative of the start of a major
growth period in West Melbourne.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
2018 Sold 2018 Jellis Craig North Melbourne
1876 Robert Taylor

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
Roy Howe and family
1897 Walter & Isabella Hamilton nee Dickman https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/

Social History

Isabella Hamilton

The Age, April 11th, 1899 page1.


Walter Hamilton

he Age, Nov 5th, 1897, page 8.



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

Zoning

The controls listed below affect this property:

Streetscape

This streetscape contains a collection of historic Victorian homes.

The homes are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

Other Information

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