31 Elgin Street

2½ storey, red-brick, hip-roofed, Queen-Anne Revival house with full-width, part-gabled verandah and projecting, gabled, two-storey bay with upper Serliana (c. 1910).


Ground Floor – Full-width verandah has five, turned and fluted wooden columns, all built off panelled, wooden piers. Profiled wooden handrail and fine, square pickets remain. Beam above has large wooden dentils, and pediment over broad wooden stair contains decorative wooden flourish. Recessed entry has period, half-glazed door under rectangular transom window with patterned glass, set within brick segmental arch. Front window is large, (replacement) sash over aluminum-flashed sill with dentilled transom and stained-glass transom window in elliptical arch above. Voussoirs are of rubbed red brick.

Second Floor – Upper floor has paired, 1/1 (replacement) windows in single, segmental-arch aperture centred in projecting bay, with voussoirs as below. Double, red-brick stringcourse extends around house below springer height. At LH side above entry is 1/1 (replacement) window (behind metal storm). Soffits are aluminum-clad.

Gable and Roof – Gable retains lower, wood-shingled pitch, with wall above clad in standard and scalloped-butt shingles. Central Palladian window has outer, single-pane casements and central, 1/1, round-headed window, all over wooden sill. Profiled mouldings, including dentils at arch, remain throughout deep entablature above. Gable fascias are decorated with equal, rectangular panels throughout, set below broad, ogee shingle-moulding. Roof has light-brown asphalt shingles, and a metal ventilator is just visible beyond main peak.

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