2 Belvedere Street, Kew
28 Holroyd Street KEW, Boroondara City
Yarra Boulevard Precinct, Kew - HO530
Statement of Significance
28 Holroyd Street, Kew is of local historical and architectural significance as a representative and externally intact example of the brick parapetted and conspicuously Moderne houses appearing in Boroondara after c. 1937. The house is distinguished by a handsome facade which incorporates richly detailed brickwork and is characterised by a strong horizontality, and which is of interest incontrasting modern steel-framed windows with more traditionalising elements such as the Ionic columns. The house is complimented by a matching original low brick fence along both frontages which retains wrought iron pedestrian gates.Yarra Boulevard Precinct (HO530)
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2 Belvedere Street, Kew - Physical Description 1
The house at 28 Holroyd Street, Kew, is a single-storey triple-fronted brick house in the interwar Streamline Moderne style on a prominent corner siting. A parapet conceals a conventional hipped roof form which is finished with glazed terracotta tiles and punctuated by plain brick chimneys. The walls are of cream face brick on a manganese brick plinth with tapestry brick string lines bordering bands of textured rich cream brickwork. The stepped composition of the principal west facade, facing Belvedere Street, is highlighted by curved corners, with the central bay containing a recessed entrance porch - the concrete roof slab is supported by fluted Doric columns. The porch is finished with terrazzo and bounded by a low dwarf wall. The main entrance is via the porch and a pair of timber-framed glazed doors which retain original wrought iron screen doors and flanking sections of glass blocks. A side entrance, accessed from Holroyd Street, contains a similarly detailed door set within a bowed section of wall which is flanked by corbelled manganese brick reveals. Windows are arranged singularly and in bays and comprise steel-framed picture windows flanked by casement sashes, and include curved windows at the corners.
The house is complimented by a matching original low brick fence along both frontages which retains wrought iron pedestrian gates. Alterations were approved in 1965,[i] however their extent is not clear and, with the exception of the removal of sunblinds, the overpainting of one chimney and a handrail at the side entrance, the house appears otherwise intact externally to its date of construction.
[i] City of Kew Building Index, #49, dated 31 March 1965.
Heritage Study and Grading
Boroondara - Review of B Graded Buildings in Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn
Author: Lovell Chen Architects & Heritage Consultants
Boroondara - City of Kew Urban Conservation Study
Author: Pru Sanderson Design Pty Ltd
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