54 Third Street

Unusual, two-storey, gambrel-roofed, brown-brick Arts and Crafts house with front verandah, painted-shingle gable walls, varied fenestration and diverse ornamental elements (c. 1910).

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Ground Floor – Front verandah is reached by wooden stairs between stepped brick walls with rock-faced copings. Hip-roof of verandah is supported by three, half-height, wooden columns built off brick piers, and pilasters set against front wall, all with brick piers and rock-faced copings below. Original handrail and bottom rail span between piers, with small, square-section pickets. Dentils adjacent soffits exist at inside and outside of verandah roof, and continue throughout east and west elevations. Front door, in projecting brick bay, has four tall, bevelled-glass panes within slab door (well hidden by metal storm). Wooden bay window has 2/1 side lights either side of square, central sash (behind four-pane storm). Leaded-light transom windows remain at all three faces. Thick stone sill of bay window is supported on machicolated brickwork.

Second Floor – Upper wall is clad in staggered, painted shingles flanking group of three, 4/1 windows with taller lower sashes (with period four-pane storms at outer units). Upper gable projects on small modillions and is again clad in painted, staggered shingles. Central oculus has four, attenuated wooden ‘keystones’ extending well beyond broad frame of window. Gable fascia has ogee and cove mouldings throughout and beaded soffit boards.

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Roof – Roof is clad in green asphalt shingles, and a tall, two-vent chimney rises at west pitch.

Side Elevations – Side elevations comprise a variety of delight, including bay windows with very varied, multiple-pane and leaded-light sashes, decorative hoppers and straps at down-pipes, and similar, wood-shingled, gambrel-roofed gables at upper floor on both sides.

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