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PostPosted: 26 Jul 2013, 22:47 
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Actually, the mansard is not an 'extension' - it had been reclad in metal deck, but is a rare surviving example from the Victorian era. Here the report on them from the City of Port Phillip: http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Repor ... bourne.pdf
There aren't too many domestic buildings with mansard roofs from this era left in Melbourne. 120 Johnston St. Fitzroy comes to mind. Can anyone think of others?


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Cant think of any quite like that one, with whole almost dome roof and a pair of elaborate dormer windows (presumably here to be reconstructed !), but at 120 Johnston Street Fitzroy there's a great huge three storey terrace with pyramidal mansard with one elaborate dormer -
https://static.panoramio.com.storage.googleapis.com/photos/original/46059780.jpg


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PostPosted: 28 Jul 2013, 12:15 
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bilby wrote:
Actually, the mansard is not an 'extension' - it had been reclad in metal deck, but is a rare surviving example from the Victorian era.

Thanks for pointing that out. It doesn't make the metal cladding any more attractive but, if it has helped to preserve the building, it can be looked on a little more sympathetically.


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That is interesting information, thanks Bilby. I accept that the mansard concept is original, but I can't help but wonder if it's present barn like shape is. It seems to lack integration and elegance consistent with the period. Even if it was tiled in slate and had original ironwork, as per the Johnson Street example, imo it would still look 'wrong'. The gable section above the mansard proper, is of a different colour, and perhaps suggests it was added when the mansard was reroofed and simplified.

A photo of the building before the mansard was clad in metal (and it's structural alterations?) would be a great find.

Possibly, it originally looked something more like this?


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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2013, 09:00 
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At the back of my mind, I have a vague memory of these two terraces never having a mansard roof when I was a child growing up in the 1980s. I think that mansard roof was added onto the top some time in the late 1980s, but I could be wrong, but the roof seems to overpower these terraces, and I am not 100% convinced that its an original/early element of this building(s).


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