Queen Bess Row - 72-76 Hotham Street. EAST MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Queen Bess Row: 72-76 Hotham Street, EAST MELBOURNE

Queen Bess Row
Queen Bess Row
Queen Bess Row
Queen Bess Row
Queen Bess Row

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Building Profile

Name : Queen Bess Row
Past Names : Queens Bess Row


Address: 72-76 Hotham Street

Postcode: 3002

Construction Details

Built: 1886 - 1887
Original use: Residential (Apartments)
Current use: Residential (Apartments)

number of floors : 4

Built in the Victorian period in the Queen Anne style

Notable features

Queen Bess Row is architecturally significant as a fine example of the work of the notable architectural firm of Tappin Gilbert and Denneby, who during the 1880s, designed a number of important buildings throughout Victoria. Queen Bess Row is the first fully developed example of the Queen Anne Revival in the style of noted English architect Richard Norman Shaw and marks the advent of a style that was to dominate 20 years of Melbournes domestic architectural history.


Queen Bess Row, built in 1886-87, was designed by the Melbourne architects Tappin Gilbert and Dennehy. Queen Bess Row is made up of three houses that appear to be one large four storeyed mansion with a central Flemish-influenced gable and two minor pediments over the flanking wings. Prominent chimneys, dormers, arcaded and grouped windows, steeply pitched roofs, red brick walls and stone dressing all contribute to a picturesque outline. On the main facade there are a substantial number of round-arched openings with stone or render dressing and keystone mouldings. String courses run around the building. The interior is of a predominantly Jacobean character with leaded lights, mantels and panelling.

Architect: Tappin, Gilbert & Dennehy

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