660 Spencer Street

660 Spencer Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer, Graeme Butler

Also known as Methodist Church Parsonage
Previous Address
Constructed 29/11/1883
Architect Mr E. McIver
Builder brothers James, John & Albert Thurgood

Timelapse Building Images


Methodist Church Parsonage.

photographer, Graeme Butler

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW map

2. Compiled Crown Record Plan

3. Land grant date:

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Spencer near corner Spencer and Abbotsford Streets.

Number: 611. Date 29/11/1883

Owner: Primitive Methodist Church Trustees Melbourne.

Builder: James Thurgood, Errol Street Hotham.

Fee: 2.10.0

Type: Residence for minister.

Other significant building works carried out by James Thurgood can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

Heritage elements include:

  1. two storey triple fronted stuccoed Victorian house;
  2. cemented cornice moulds, rosettes and brackets;
  3. pitched roof with cemented and corniced chimneys;
  4. double-hung sash windows;
  5. four-panel entry door with side and toplight;
  6. contribution to valuable Victorian-era streetscape.

How is it significant?
The James Thurgood row houses is significant historically and aesthetically to West Melbourne and the City of Melbourne.

Why is it significant?
The Thurgood house is significant.
1. Historically, as in part the long-term residence of the minister of the Primitive Methodist Church one of West Melbourne most successful congrigational churches during major growth period (Victorian-era) in West Melbourne; and
2. Aesthetically, for the distinctive architecture, and uncommon triple fronted stylised detailing also as contributory to a significant Victorian-era streetscape.


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Social History

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Context and Streetscape

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


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