Perspective rendering which bears a strong resemblance to 5 Willsmere Road Kew, WD/HOU/207
The Library has begun digitising some stunning architectural drawings which were donated in 2002 by the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. The collection includes thousands of examples of public, residential and commercial architecture in Victoria. We’re currently digitising the drawings of houses.
A favourite is the Villa residence to be erected for James Allee Esq. Richmond [i.e. 48 Berry street East Melbourne], designed by architect William Pitt. Pitt is best known for Melbourne’s spectacular Venetian Gothic Rialto building (1890), and the Princess Theatre (1886).
Visit Google Street View to find out what James Allee’s ‘Casa de Santiago’ building looks like today.
This 1894 design for a house in North Melbourne for Mr Cuming features two ‘earth closets’ and a dung heap. James Cuming lived in Yarraville where he ran a chemical, manure and bone dust manufacturing business; it’s not a surprise that a man in his line of work would make sure manure disposal services were well accounted for!
Detail of Dwelling, Victoria St, North Melbourne for James Cuming, WD/HOU/206/1
Cuming probably constructed the North Melbourne house on a speculative basis, as he is not recorded living at this address. Research by our cataloguers using the City of Melbourne’s i-Heritage database has pinpointed the location of the house: 452 Victoria Street.
Brick residence at [4 Elmie Street] Hawthorn for H. Burgess Esq [detail], WD/HOU/20/1
Want to find out more about researching houses and architecture in Victoria? Our guide to researching buildings and houses is here to help.