Thursday, January 29, 2009

Federation Semi-detached Houses

This is a photo essay of semi-detached houses in just one neighbourhood.
  • Large blocks of land became too expensive to site just one house.
  • A typical Federation semi-detached house has good symmetry, since they were built as an identical pair
  • Often with tuckpointed face brick and
  • Painted gables in decorative roughcast.above ,
  • Casement set or bay windows which have some coloured glass panes.
  • Gables can be a centred (and shared) central feature gablet over entries, or symmetrically doubled
  • Face brick often has narrow openings. (Due to narrow block)
  • Turned timber verandah posts usually have carved valences.
  • Sometimes there are solid or glassed wing walls to verandahs which may have ball urns at ends (see last photo).
  • Chimneys or lack of may indicate the age of the structure (and degree of renovation),
Randwick Row showing different treatments
Randwick Row showing different treatments

Original Randwick semi, new roof tiles
Original Randwick semi, new roof tiles

Excellent pair, note original garden on left
Excellent pair, note original garden on left

Elevated corner semi
Elevated corner semi

Fine timber detailing
Fine timber detailing

Note brilliant coloured glass window pane
Note brilliant coloured glass window panes

Very bright & cheery!
Very bright & cheery!

Unequal treatment!
Unequal treatment!
Quite a contrast!
Quite a contrast!