The house at 326 Amess Street is of local historical and architectural significance.
Its architectural significance derives from its fine bichrome brickwork, unusual first floor balcony and verandah, and overall picturesque composition. The property's enclosure by later houses is unusual, and reflects the house's construction prior to the development of the adjacent inner circle railway parallel to Park Street.
Historically, it is significant as a now rare example of an early house that represents the first phase of development in this area prior to the construction of the outer circle railway.
326 Amess Street is a two storey bichrome brick house with a steeply pitched slate gabled roofs. The house is constructed of red brick with cream bricks dressings. Steep slate gable roofs and a pointed timber gable finial provides the residence with a picturesque character. The south elevation includes a small balcony at the first floor level, and return verandah. The building is generally externally intact, with some changes to window openings, and a large extension on the northern side. The house is not visible from Amess Street, and is completely surrounded by other buildings.
The entrance off Amess Street is marked by a bluestone fence and timber gates with lacework panels (c.1970s). A small timber picket gate at the end of a narrow pedestrian path parallel to Park Street provides access to the south of the property.
Key Architectural Elements:
- Bichrome brickwork with unusual brick window dressings
- Steeply-pitched slate roof
- Unusual rear access lane and gate to rear of house
Remove non-original fence and gates to Amess Street