Sunday, 24 February 2008

Victorian Domestic Architecture: Coburra, built 1905

Built in 1905, a date more usually associated with Federation style architecture, this ornate rendered brick house is more typical of the late Victorian era.
The western NSW town of Cobar comes from an Aboriginal word, Coburra, meaning 'burnt earth', which was used as a body decoration.
Still a private home.


Loïc BROHARD said...

I am glad I found this blog via Paris Daily Photo. Fine blog, congratulations, Loic Brohard

Agnieszka said...

Suprisingy, there are not many spaces for federation architecture out there in the web. Well done this your blog. This particular Coburra house, I agree is a late Victorian example. Judging from the arcade porch topped with balustrade balconies, balanced, symmetrical façade, wide, overhanging eaves and Tall, narrow, double-paned windows as well as elaborate decorations I'd say it is Victorian Italiante. Regards

Bernie Sharah said...

Yes, it is definitely an example of Victorian Italianate architecture. However, one of its most interesting features is the kookaburra motif in the area under the gable roof. These Australiana motifs became popular around the turn of the 19th-20th century coinciding with a growing sense of national consciousness.