64-78 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (Glass Terrace)

Numbers 72-74 Glass Terrace were built by J E Moore in 1853 and the rest were built by David Ross in 1856. (Source: Miles Lewis, Gertrude St Walk, April 2013).

These are thought to be some of the oldest surviving terrace houses in Fitzroy, though they were not as highlighted above by Miles Lewis built as one consecutive terrace. The numbers 72-74 were “almost certainly the pair of bluestone walled houses at numbers 72-74.” The South Fitzroy Conservation Study continues noting that “Now although Gill’s former assistant David Ross was later credited as the architect of the terrace he was not at this stage in sole practice, and no contemporary evidence has been found that either he or his firm of Dowden and ross designed the two houses” at the centre.” But it is clear that in 1856 he completed the terrace. (South Fitzroy Conservation Study 1979, p.14).

“It would appear to be not only the oldest such terrace surviving in Melbourne but also the seminal member of a group of very distinguished terraces in the immediate neighbourhood.” (South Fitzroy Conservation Study 1979, p.14).

Glass Terrace, 64-78 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, on the South side of Gertrude Street, viewed from Fitzroy Street. The side of 49 Brunswick Street is visible. Numbers 72-74 Glass Terrace were built in 1854-1855 and numbers 64-70 and 76-78 built in 1856-1857. Photo by: John Lockyer O’Brien (1905–1965) – University of Melbourne c. 1958
The backs of dwellings comprising Glass Terrace, 64-78 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, on the South side of Gertrude Street. Photo by: John Lockyer O’Brien (1905–1965), University Library, Photo taken c. 1958.
Parapet sections sketched on site by Sue Dance, architect (unsure of date). Source: Miles Lewis, Gertrude St Walk, April 2013
House numbers 76-78 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, the most easterly houses in Glass Terrace, on the South side of Gertrude Street, between Brunswick Street and Fitzroy Street. Photo by John Lockyer O’Brien (1905–1965) taken in 1958. Photo held by University of Melbourne
East Melbourne Conservation Study collection 1979 – sourced from Flickr – Graeme Butler

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