596 Spencer Street

596 Spencer Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

Also known as 1 Linton Terrace Source: source: Sands & McDougall Melbourne directory 1885, pg55
Previous Address
Constructed 23/8/1876
Builder Robert Taylor

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Land Details

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Address: Spencer Street West Melbourne.

Application number: 6883

Application date: 23/8/1876

Application fee: 7.0.0

Four 2-storey houses with private back yard gardens.

Owner & builder: Robert Taylor

Other significant buildings by Robert Taylor can be found {insert ink} here.

source: Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

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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

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

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;
Historically, a speculative row by the architect-ownerbuilder and representative of the start of a major growth period in West Melbourne

source: ‘West Melbourne Heritage Review’, Graeme Butler & Associates, 2015.


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Social History

The Sands & McDougall Melbourne directory for 1885 show Mr. Robert Taylor and family lived at this address. The row of four terraces at that time were known as ‘Linton Terrace’, Robert lived in house number 1.

The house number was changed from 1 to 596 Spencer Street sometime around 1898 when Melbourne Council renumbered municipal addresses.

source: Sands & McDougall directory 1885, pg 55

Context and Streetscape




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