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Old Colonial, Victorian, and Federation Houses from Olga Gostin's Australian Heritage Archietcure range… The images on this board are not as large or clear as I would have liked (many having been taken from tapestries inspired by her paintings), but Olga's contribution to the understanding of the heritage and architecture of Australian house is too important to ignore.
Olga Gostin… "Wedding Cake",, Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia... During the Victorian gold rush of 1880, cast-iron reached extreme heights of elaboration. Houses were decorated like wedding cakes, with an amazing variety of verandahs, mouldings and intricate lacework. Roofs vanished behind parapets topped with ornamental urns, shells and fruits, to proclaim the wealth of its owner...

Olga Gostin… "Wedding Cake",, Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia... During the Victorian gold rush of 1880, cast-iron reached extreme heights of elaboration. Houses were decorated like wedding cakes, with an amazing variety of verandahs, mouldings and intricate lacework. Roofs vanished behind parapets topped with ornamental urns, shells and fruits, to proclaim the wealth of its owner...

Olga Gostin… Victorian House with Polychromatic Brick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia... Polychromatic brick is typical to Melbourne. Polychromatic brick is multicoloured. Usually applied to masonry of several different brick or stone colours...

Olga Gostin… Victorian House with Polychromatic Brick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia... Polychromatic brick is typical to Melbourne. Polychromatic brick is multicoloured. Usually applied to masonry of several different brick or stone colours...

Olga Gostin… Federation House, Mosman,  Sydney, Australia... This Federation house features a picturesque two-storey lookout tower with a slate roof. Tall chimneys adorn the asymmetrical unglazed tiled roofs and the white verandah creates a picturesque effect. Rusticated sandstone blocks form the base of the house. Built high above sea level, the house enjoys a magnificent view of Sydney’s middle harbour…

Olga Gostin… Federation House, Mosman, Sydney, Australia... This Federation house features a picturesque two-storey lookout tower with a slate roof. Tall chimneys adorn the asymmetrical unglazed tiled roofs and the white verandah creates a picturesque effect. Rusticated sandstone blocks form the base of the house. Built high above sea level, the house enjoys a magnificent view of Sydney’s middle harbour…

Olga Gostin… Federation House St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia... This lovely Queen Anne house features many Federation characteristics including large leadlight windows and ornate, yet simple woodwork.

Olga Gostin… Federation House St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia... This lovely Queen Anne house features many Federation characteristics including large leadlight windows and ornate, yet simple woodwork.

Olga Gostin… Roslyndale, Woollahra, Sydney, Australia... A fine example of Victorian Rustic Gothic architecture. Designed to evoke the picturesque quality of rural England.

Olga Gostin… Roslyndale, Woollahra, Sydney, Australia... A fine example of Victorian Rustic Gothic architecture. Designed to evoke the picturesque quality of rural England.

Olga Gostin… Paddington Terraces, Paddington, Sydney, Australia... Terrace houses can be found in many Sydney suburbs but generally not as pronounced as in Paddington. Here the terraces adorn the streets in large numbers creating a unique village atmosphere.

Olga Gostin… Paddington Terraces, Paddington, Sydney, Australia... Terrace houses can be found in many Sydney suburbs but generally not as pronounced as in Paddington. Here the terraces adorn the streets in large numbers creating a unique village atmosphere.

Olga Gostin… Barn with Old Water Pump Wilberforce (New South Wales), Australia... A rustic barn of no particular vintage. The solid iron water pump would date back to the Victorian period.

Olga Gostin… Barn with Old Water Pump Wilberforce (New South Wales), Australia... A rustic barn of no particular vintage. The solid iron water pump would date back to the Victorian period.

Olga Gostin… Old Stone Cottage... Country house near Sydney...

Olga Gostin… Old Stone Cottage... Country house near Sydney...

Olga Gostin… Australian Queen Anne House, Camberwell, Victoria. Australia…  A romantic profusion of gables and turrets gives this Australian Queen Anne house an almost fairytale appearance. At the turn of the century, a new architectural style evolved in Australia. People were abandoning convention and felt a need to escape from the uniformity of inner-city terraces.

Olga Gostin… Australian Queen Anne House, Camberwell, Victoria. Australia… A romantic profusion of gables and turrets gives this Australian Queen Anne house an almost fairytale appearance. At the turn of the century, a new architectural style evolved in Australia. People were abandoning convention and felt a need to escape from the uniformity of inner-city terraces.

Olga Gostin… Colonial Charm, Stanley, Tasmania... This old stone cottage with panel windows is Colonial in style. The rusty corrugated iron roof and water tank are typical of Australian country areas.

Olga Gostin… Colonial Charm, Stanley, Tasmania... This old stone cottage with panel windows is Colonial in style. The rusty corrugated iron roof and water tank are typical of Australian country areas.

Olga Gostin… A Country Practice House, Windsor, NSW, Australia... Formerly the Penninsula Inn, built in 1841. Its eaves are lined with the mud nest of swallows. Featured in the Australian TV soap "A Country Practice".

Olga Gostin… A Country Practice House, Windsor, NSW, Australia... Formerly the Penninsula Inn, built in 1841. Its eaves are lined with the mud nest of swallows. Featured in the Australian TV soap "A Country Practice".

Olga Gostin… Three Storey Victorian Terrace, South Sydney, New South Wales, Australia... The decorative tower at the side entrance adds extra interest to this old Victorian terrace. The first floor verandah has been glassed in for extra space, but the charming fence and gate fully compensate for it….

Olga Gostin… Three Storey Victorian Terrace, South Sydney, New South Wales, Australia... The decorative tower at the side entrance adds extra interest to this old Victorian terrace. The first floor verandah has been glassed in for extra space, but the charming fence and gate fully compensate for it….

Olga Gostin… Victorian Corner Shop,  Paddington, Sydney, Australia... A former corner shop, with a residence above, this Paddington building is at the end of a row of terraces. The filigreed lace of the balcony is very well preserved...

Olga Gostin… Victorian Corner Shop, Paddington, Sydney, Australia... A former corner shop, with a residence above, this Paddington building is at the end of a row of terraces. The filigreed lace of the balcony is very well preserved...

Olga Gostin… Opera House" East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia...  Built in 1868, this fine East Melbourne house was nicknamed the "Opera House" for its resemblance to a box in an opera theatre. Two rounded balconies, with an unusual wrought-iron pattern, are strongly emphasized by the rich dark green background of the walls….

Olga Gostin… Opera House" East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia... Built in 1868, this fine East Melbourne house was nicknamed the "Opera House" for its resemblance to a box in an opera theatre. Two rounded balconies, with an unusual wrought-iron pattern, are strongly emphasized by the rich dark green background of the walls….

Olga Gostin… Three Storey Victorian Terrace South Sydney New South Wales Australia The decorative tower at the side entrance adds extra interest to this old Victorian terrace. The first floor verandah has been glassed in for extra space, but the charming fence and gate fully compensate for it….

Olga Gostin… Three Storey Victorian Terrace South Sydney New South Wales Australia The decorative tower at the side entrance adds extra interest to this old Victorian terrace. The first floor verandah has been glassed in for extra space, but the charming fence and gate fully compensate for it….

Olga Gostin… Victorian Terrace With Leadlight Windows, Balmain, Sydney, Australia... This beautiful Victorian terrace with leadlight windows was built at the end of the last century. The multi-storied, asymetrical design is typcial of the Victorian Italianate period from 1850-1880.

Olga Gostin… Victorian Terrace With Leadlight Windows, Balmain, Sydney, Australia... This beautiful Victorian terrace with leadlight windows was built at the end of the last century. The multi-storied, asymetrical design is typcial of the Victorian Italianate period from 1850-1880.