Late Victorian [1875 > 1901]
As wealth and confidence increase, houses still resemble earlier Victorian types in form, but assume a grander, more ornate appearance incorporating elements of the Italianate style. Freestanding houses usually have one projecting room while terraces become taller and incorporate ornamented parapets and projecting verandah wing walls.



> Italianate elements such as rendered walls, tall parapets, arches and moulded ornaments

> multi coloured and tuck-pointed brickwork

> timber houses generally have square-edged weatherboards, sometimes with incised weatherboards simulating blocks of stonework

> dense and even spread of ornamentation, including intricate iron lacework and complex tiled patterns on verandah floors and entry pathways

> increasing use of triple windows and blue and red coloured glass beside entry doors

> doorways and windows sometimes arched



> for masonry buildings, fences commonly palisade-style with cast iron spears on stone plinths and ornamented end piers of stone, rendered or face brickwork, or cast iron

> similar to Mid Victorian with bold and strap foliaged plants such as Yuccas, Aloes, Canna, Alocasia, Wigandia, Croton, Cordyline, Draceana, Musa, bamboos & ferns





> lavish internal ornamentation

> more varied, complex and stronger colour schemes

> elaborate wallpapers

> complexity of ornament and colour diminishes from front to back of house




> where visible, slates on roofs sometimes laid in patterns using subtle colour changes

> external walls red or brown brick, with white or cream bricks at corners; rendered walls usually left natural grey or lime-washed in a colour

> trims similar to earlier Victorian styles, but colours stronger and more vivid






Salmon Pink

Light Cream

Light Stone







Deep Brunswick

Deep Indian Red

Light Straw




> the name "Marvellous Melbourne" reflects the city’s great prosperity

> mansions are constructed for the wealthy by prominent architects

> extravagantly decorated houses reflect the optimism of the ‘boom’ period

> international exhibitions held to showcase locally and internationally manufactured products

> between 1890 and 1895 Melbourne's building and architecture is impacted by the Depression