What is significant?
Charles Coulson erected Cambridge Terrace in stages between 1867 and 1885. Charles Coulson and family owned the terrace up until 1895 when it passed into the hands of the Metro Building Society. The Pearson Family owned the terrace from the 1920s until the 1940s. The terrace has had many different owners/occupants in recent years. Charles Coulson was a brick maker of Albert Street, West Brunswick and carried on his trade in Carlton. In the 1880s he owned a builder's yard, store and shed in Drummond Street and owner/occupied a five roomed brick house off Drummond Street. Charles Coulson was born in Sussex Street, Cambridge, England in 1832 into a family of bakers. He married Mary-Anne Hore in 1856, and in the year of their marriage came to Australia. Coulson named the terrace after his home town of Cambridge. The terrace is a row of six double storey houses. They are constructed of red brick with cream brick details around the openings. The roof features a continuous parapet with fine cream brick cornice detailing at the front and a curved parapet with brick detailing at the rear. Each terrace is narrow, being of a single room width, with a small enclosed yard at the rear. Two of the terraces retain their outdoor toilet structures.
How is it significant?
Cambridge Terrace is of architectural, historical and social significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Cambridge Terrace is architecturally significant as an unusual terrace notable for its fine di-chrome decoration and continuous parapet with brick cornice at the front and the undulating parapet at the rear. Composed of six repetitive units, each being only two bays wide, it is of interesting length and unusual design. It is a prominent element of the North Drummond Street precinct and a fine example of a building type which is a distinctive feature of inner suburban Melbourne.
Cambridge Terrace is historically and socially significant for its association with 'Marvellous' Melbourne's boom activity of the 1880s when a great deal of private investment capital flowed into increasingly speculative ventures for housing construction. Cambridge Terrace represents the more modest end of the spectrum in relation to terraces built at the time and demonstrates that even those of lower wealth were able try their luck in the speculative market.