Culture and heritage

Six things we love about Melbourne’s heritage buildings

18 July 2019

Want to makeover your heritage property? Before you paint your façade the latest trendy colour, find out what makes Melbourne’s historic buildings so special, and if you’re eligible for a grant.

Beautiful heritage buildings help make our city a great place to live, work and visit, so we have contributed $600,000 to a multi-year heritage funding program to help people keep them looking tip-top.

A little restoration work can go a long way to transform your building and keep it in great condition for years to come. But do you know your tuck-pointing from your parapets?

Here are six common heritage features to look out for on Melbourne streets.

Tuck-pointing
When two colours of mortar are used to give the impression of very fine brickwork joints. As well as looking beautiful, tuck-pointing can extend the life of a wall.

Polychromatic brickwork
When bricks of different colours are arranged in a pattern to highlight architectural features. Paint may need to be removed to reveal the beauty of this stunning brickwork, which originated in the 1860s.

Decorative keystones
The wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex of a masonry arch, such as a door or window. For decoration, keystones (also known as capstones) are often made larger than what is structurally required.

Parapets
An extension of a wall beyond the edge of a roof, such as a guardrail, terrace, balcony or walkway. A parapet was originally used to defend buildings from attack.

Decorative cornices
The decorative trim where a wall meets a roof or ceiling. Cornices originated in Greek and Roman architecture and can be found on the inside and outside of buildings.

Pediments
A decorative gable, usually positioned above a doorway or window and triangular in shape.. Pediments are most often found in classical and neoclassical architecture.

If you own a heritage building in the City of Melbourne, located within a heritage overlay, you can apply for funding year round.

The works you have in mind must be visible from the public realm.

We’ve also launched a special funding stream for landmark properties, and those that belong to or are leased by not-for-profit, charity or community groups.

To find out more, visit Heritage grants.

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