The house at 247 Bellerine Street, South Geelong, has significance as a reasonably externally intact example of the Late Victorian Italianate style. This house was built between 1893 and 1896 possibly for Henry Dowling, and appears to be in good condition when viewed from the street.
The house at 257 Bellerine Street is architecturally significant at a LOCAL level. It demonstrates original design qualities of a Late Victorian Italianate style. These qualities include the hipped roof form that traverses the site, together with the rear hipped roofs that project at the side and the return convex verandah that projects towards the front and sides. Other intact or appropriate qualities include the asymmetrical composition, single storey height, corrugated profile to the roof cladding, horizontal weatherboard wall cladding, two rendered brick chimneys with multi-corbelled tops, narrow eaves with paired timber brackets and decorative panelling and paterae between, central front timber framed doorway with sidelights and highlights and a four panelled timber door, front timber framed double hung tripartite windows, other timber framed double hung windows, cast iron verandah columns with decorative capitals, and the verandah valances and brackets simulating cast iron decoration. The front timber picket fences also contribute to the significance of the place.
The house at 257 Bellerine Street is historically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with residential developments in South Geelong in the late 19th century. In particular, this house has associations with the original owner, Henry Dowling, from 1896, and with Samuel Fagg, member of the successful timber merchant family, from 1899 until 1923.
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Electoral Roll, Division Corio, Subdivision Geelong, 1984, Geelong Historical Records Centre.
Geelong City Council Rate Books, Barwon Ward, 18931960, Geelong Historical Records Centre.
Geelong Town Plan, 1881, Geelong Historical Records Centre.