472 Rae Street, Fitzroy North
This is an elegant double fronted brick Edwardian house. The building is substantially intact and demonstrates interesting Edwardian features such as the gable roofed projecting wing with bay window and gable with half timbering and brackets. The front verandah has turned timber posts and an unusual deep timber frieze. The building is contributory in the North Fitzroy Precinct HO327. The tall brick fence substantially detracted from the appearance of the property in the streetscape.
In February 2016, the VHRF Committee of Management agreed to offer a grant of $12,000 towards the cost of fence replacement, roof replacement in corrugated galvanised iron and mortar and tuckpointing.
The works have transformed the street appearance of this property and returned it to its former glory. The replacement of the fence with a permeable fence more sympathetic to the style of the dwelling demonstrates the positive impact an appropriate fence can make on the streetscape views in a Heritage Overlay Precinct. Payment of the grant can now be made in accordance with the agreement between the applicant and VHRF.