Walking Melbourne

Victorian Italianate

Melbournes most popular 19th century residential style was an expression of rural Italian flavour.

Often featuring asymmetry in massing using towers and irregular plans often featuring faceted bays. But the buildings also featured refined Renaissance Revival detailing, such as quoning and balustrade, low pitch rooves with classically ornamented eaves and stuccoed walls.

Italianate in Australia also often used cast iron filigree and columns as a local vernacular.

Melbournes best example of Italianate is the massive Government House, which is set amongst the picturesque botanical gardens. Many other stately homes and residences of St Kilda road, South Yarra, St Kilda and Toorak also demonstrate the styles more regal qualities.

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