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September 25, 2017

ONE HISTORY - Mid Victorian Architecture

This period, from 1870 – 1890 saw the merging of a variety of styles such as Gothic, Italianate and Gothic Revival.

Mena, on Orange’s heritage Kite Street, was built by James Dalton for his son Thomas Dalton in 1874, having had Sydney Architect Benjamin Bakehouse draw up the plans after he had designed the Dalton’s family home, Duntryleague.

Over the years the house has been owned by a number of prominent local families and at one stage it served as a maternity hospital. It was at this time that the name of the property changed from Killarney to Mena, in honour of an Egyptian soldiers camp.

Mena is a classic example of Mid Victorian Italianate architecture with its ornate brick chimney, corrugated-iron hipped roof, and boxed eaves.

Below the double curved verandah, you’ll often find cast iron column brackets and frieze, double-hung sashed windows with rendered surrounds, and exposed brickwork called ‘Flemish bonding’.

The front doors of these houses were often panelled and cast iron pickets on plinths, and masonry piers were sometimes instead of timber picket fences.

You can find similar architecture on Byng, Summer and Anson Streets, generally around the Cook Park area, East Orange and the Bathurst Road area.

Watch the YouTube video and explore this stunning home.