599 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North

“This single storey shop flush to the pavement is a most unusual design. Although the building elements appear decorative and late, the composition is relatively simple for the time, and has an almost primitive feeling. The facade has an arch headed door and wide arch window which both have a continuous architrave running through to the keystone (decorated with a face). Between the door and the window and again on the right hand side of the window are two oculi or round windows with four keystones and stained glass of a late character. The front door itself is a six panelled bolection moulded pyramidal panelled door with a large nail head moulding strip forming the transom above. The lunette has a plain glass panel. The facade is painted, and the string course with wrought iron mouldings provide evidence of a former verandah. Above, there is a plain cement panel which may have carried a sign, then a cornice with small consoles and a number of dentils between each. These are flanked by vermiculated blocks supported on scrolls. Above this again there is a relatively plain section surmounted by a balustraded parapet with square balusters. This is again of late character, with a lush treatment of the central section surmounted by semi-circular pedimental motif, containing an elaborate scallop shell and topped with an acroterion. The surrounding archivolt moulding has small floral paterae. At the side of this balustrade there have been urns of which only the bases now remain.” (North Fitzroy Conservation Study 1978) (Glossary)

599 Brunswick is now part of the Fitzroy Community School – Google Image March 2014

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