Statement of Significance
This pair of semi-detached town-houses, was built about 1850. It is one of the few surviving buildings designed by the important Geelong architects, Surplice & Sons. The style of the building is innovative and most elegantly executed. It is a rare example of townhouses designed as villas. The building reflects the lifestyle of the upper middle class of Geelong in the 19th Century. It has an association with Graham Berry the local member who was a leading radical and protectionist. He was Treasurer, three times Chief Secretary (Premier), Agent General and finally Speaker. Other distinguished Geelong citizens associated with the building, include Dr Charles T Mackin, John Cullen and William Charles Kernot.
The building remains little altered. The front verandas are later additions. Minor alterations have occurred internally.
LEYTON AND ROCHFORD - HistoryAssociated People: Tenant GRAHAM BERRY, DR CHARLES T MACKIN; Assoc.People JOHN CULLEN AND WILLIAM KERNOT
LEYTON AND ROCHFORD - Plaque Citation
These unusual and remarkably intact Victorian Regency style townhouses were designed by the Geelong architects Surplice & Sons and built for a local pastoralist in 1851-2, in the early years of settlement at Corio Bay.
LEYTON AND ROCHFORD - Permit Exemptions
1. Exempt classes of works or activities are to be planned and carried out in a manner which prevents damage to the registered place / object. However, if other previously hidden original or inaccessible details of the object or place are uncovered, any works that may affect such items shall immediately cease. The Executive Director shall be notified of the details immediately to enable Heritage Victoria representatives to inspect and record the items, and for discussion to take place on the possible retention of the items, or the issue of a modified approval.
2. If there is a Conservation Policy and Plan approved by the Heritage Council or Executive Director, all works and activities shall be carried out in accordance with that Policy and Plan.
3. Nothing in this Declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exempt alterations provided work has not commenced on the alteration.External
· Repairs and maintenance which replace like with like, including fences and gates, except cast iron palisade fence and gate.
· Repainting all previously painted surfaces in the same colour scheme and paint type (except exterior stone wall construction).
· Installation or repair of damp proofing by either injection method or grout pocket method.
· Erection of small garden buildings.
· Regular garden/landscape maintenance including weeding, watering, pruning and fertilizing without major alterations to layout, contours, structures, plant species or other significant features.
· Laying or repair of gravel/toppings to the rear courtyard area.
· Maintenance of power or pipelines or other public services located on the property where this involves no alteration to the fabric of the place.
· Cleaning out gutters, drainage systems and other water storage and drainage areas.Internal
· Painting of previously painted walls and ceilings provide that preparation or painting does not remove evidence of original paint or other decorative scheme.
· Removal of paint from original unpainted or oiled joinery doors, architraves, skirtings and decorative strapping.
· Installation, removal or replacement of carpets and/or flexible floor coverings.
· Installation, removal or replacement of hooks, nails and other devices for the hanging of mirrors, paintings and other wall mounted artworks.
· Refurbishment of toilets and bathrooms, particularly the installation or removal of toilet bowels and seats and other sanitary fixtures.
· Installation of ducted hydronic or concealed radiant type heating provided that the installation does not damage existing skirtings and architraves and provided that the heating unit is inconspicuously located.
· Installation, removal or replacement of electrical wiring provided that all new wiring is fully concealed.Installation, removal or replacement of smoke detectors.
LEYTON AND ROCHFORD - Permit Exemption Policy
Pursuant to Section 66(1) of the Heritage Act (1995) and in respect to the above-registered place! object, the Executive Director hereby DECLARES EXEMPT THE OWNERS NEED TO OBTAIN A PERMIT TO CARRY OUT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSES OF WORKS OR ACTIVITIES, SUBJECT TO ANY CONDITIONS PRESCRIBED
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"AQUA PROFONDA" SIGN, FITZROY POOLVictorian Heritage Register H1687