225 McKean Street, Fitzroy North (Moss Vale)

This two storey polychrome terrace house was constructed in 1893 for Henry Hyams, bootmaker. It has a very high parapet comprised of a wide band with swags, a band of paterae, a small strip dentillation, a bracketed cornice, then a balustrade with round section turned balusters, with the central section cut through by conjoined ellipses. This is surmounted by a lush semi-circular tympanum, containing another swag (flanked by paterae) and the name Moss Vale 1891. Lush scrolls flank the tympanum at the top of the balustrade and the pediment is capped by four elaborate double handed urns and a pamette acroterion flanked by scrolls. The cast iron work to the balcony is of the late keyhole pattern. The joinery details on the house itself do not appear to be remarkable. The door has intact wood graining including imitation walnut panels with intact etched glass in the sidelights. There is a good intact iron fence with square gate piers surmounted by pineapples, and an intact chequerboard marble and slate path. the interior has been modernised. (North Fitzroy Conservation Study, 1978, p.108). Glossary)

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