57 Elgin Street

Rambling, eclectic, three-storey, red-brick house with tall, gabled, front bay and (altered) north and south porches (c. 1890).

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Description – Imposing Victorian pile has various decorative elements, all subordinate to front bay and gable. Hip-roofed, north porch has concrete stair and landing, with full-height corner pier and low wall of rug brick, above which older superstructure remains. Front door is half-glazed, period door (behind half-glazed wooden storm) with transom window in plain segmental arch above. At second floor above is 1/1 window (with metal storm). Hip-roofed, south porch is larger, with similar alterations of concrete slab landing, and rug-brick corner-pier and parapet wall. Roof structure is again assumed to be original. Former window aperture is altered to contain slab-type door (behind metal storm). At second floor above are pair of round-headed apertures having fine, rubbed-brick voussoirs. Original windows appear to be well-concealed by plywood inserts with metal storms, over thick wooden sills. Central brick bay has rubble-stone foundation with stepped masonry plinth above. Ground floor windows are tall, 1/1 at each face (all with metal storms), with wood sills and segmental, brick arches. Fine, rubbed brick voussoirs all end at same course. Second-floor windows are similar, while attic has round-arch aperture with wooden louvres. Gable has broad eaves supported on wide brackets extending well beyond masonry in both directions. Panelled areas above are finished with diagonal boards, above which face of gable steps forwards over deep, coved cornice, with horizontal beaded boards at peak above. Recent square window is awkwardly inserted into new aperture above masonry, rising through cornice and into boards above. Soffits have beaded boards and thin gable fascia has ogee shingle-moulding only. RH dormer contains pair of 1/1 windows (with metal storms) under fascia, also with ogee shingle-moulding. Roofs are clad in black asphalt shingles and unfortunately there are no chimneys.

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