Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Doctor Waiting

I was waiting for R who was at his doctor's surgery in South Melbourne. I took a wander and more photos later will come later.

What is this building then? 

It's named Finn Barr and was built in 1885 for a (very successful!) doctor and designed by architect Frederick de Garis. I am not familiar with him at all. It is terribly impressive for a once private house. 

I believe it has been divided in two, with the right hand side being a private residence and the left hand side a commercial premise.

Was it that long ago when I took the photo? The tree had no leaves and we are now a month away from summer. Of course someone had taken a much better photo than I did. 

I skulked down the lane at the side. There is a strange different colour under the windows. The fiddly bits under the window sill don't look original to me.

I wonder what these clips were for?

That is one very large bottom step but to have shallower steps, the steps would intrude too far into the lane and be a hazard to cars.

This fallen bollard protected the rear corner of the building...quite successfully it seems. 

Two original looking entrances? Two entrances to one house? That doesn't make much sense.



40 comments:

  1. That is one impressive building. He must have been a VERY successful doctor.

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    1. EC, doctors were wealthier back then but maybe he was a specialist of some kind.

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  2. Finbarr was the patron saint of Cork, my home city. I'm wondering if there is a connection? A really extraordinary building. I love the tower, I'd want to go up there.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, written as one word, I recognise the name now. There were many many people here with Irish heritage. I always want to go up in these towers and sit and read.

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  3. Amazing building. I especially like the door.
    How are you feeling?

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    1. Sandra, a very solid door it is. I am fine now thanks.

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  4. I wonder what use the original owners put to the tower?

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    1. Cynthia, I think generally they were just a display of wealth and never really used for anything.

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  5. 2 entrances, perhaps the Doctors offices were in the building. One entrance for people entering / leaving the home, and a separate entrance for those visiting the Doctors office.

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    1. Pippa, I expect you are quite correct. I makes sense. Pity I never thought of that.

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  6. The door knocker, don't see them often these days.
    The other person got up closer to Finn Barr.
    Nice old buildings, the gate to the door is nice.

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    1. Margaert, no door knockers are not seen too often now. They are very effective.
      The other person also had a wide angled lens.

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  7. The side of the house is a bit ordinary so perhaps it was too close to the next building to worry about. But the front is still lovely, thank you Andrew - wrought iron, floor decoration, classy door and windows.

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    1. Hels, as you would probably know, so often grand places are all front. Thanks.

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  8. I love the patterned tiles. I imagine the concrete under the windows is a cheap, fast repair job, perhaps there was water damage from rain leaking in at some time.

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    1. River, it does look like water damage or something like that.

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  9. It looks as if it could use some refurbishment. Nice building; I love those entry tiles

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    1. Cro, certainly at the side it could be tidied up but the front is pretty good. Perhaps better with a bit of proper cleaning as I would do.

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  10. Steps look like someone could trip and take tumble.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, such steps would never be allowed in a new building, or for renovation plans.

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  11. first time for look doctor house like that.

    very unique and classic

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    1. Sudibjo, an earlier comment was interesting. That is that it was also the doctor's surgery. Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Even though it looks artistic for a photo background, what is the reason for the tree not being cut down?.

    I am worried that the tree might suddenly fall on the road users.

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    1. Himawan, it is an elm tree and they are very stable and rarely cause problems. We have thousands of them lining our roads.

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  13. Looks like the windows were shortened. The clips may have been for an awning or shade over the windows.

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    1. Travel, you may be correct about the shortened windows but I would say not about the clips as the faces south and here that means no direct sun ever.

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    2. The clips might have been where a sign was once posted, perhaps "Surgery" or "Parking at Back" something like that.

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  14. Looks like it's had a few nips and tucks since the 1800's Andrew. Would love to see if they've kept some heritage details inside, from the look of those gorgeous tiles at the entrance there's a good chance that they have 💜

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    1. Grace, one day we will need nips and tucks, but that is a long time away yet. I really hope it is quite intact inside.

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  15. What a great looking building. I wonder if those are service entrances in the back? Maybe one goes straight into the kitchen or something like that.

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    1. Steve, there may also be an entrance at the rear. An earlier comment suggested it could have been used as the doctor's surgery, hence the side entrance.

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    2. Makes sense. Side entrance for patients to enter a waiting room, rear entrance for the doctor so he doesn't go through the waiting room, also a place for an ambulance to pull up to if necessary.

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  16. It's a nice old building, what a pity both sides now look different now. I like those old tiles.

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    1. Sami, many, even newer houses have been spoilt like that.

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  17. That tile work is amazing. It would be interesting to know the reasoning behind the building construction.

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    1. Debby, if I get some free time I will see if I can find out more.

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  18. I have nothing. Except that it's far too lovely to stay there and must be moved to Dunolly immediately. ;)

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    1. Jayne, and just who might live in it Dunolly pray tell?

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  19. Very nice, keep at the skulking around! When I see places, like that or others, empty places sometimes, I see all these possibilities and want to live in every one of them.

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    1. Argh. You would fill it up with cats.

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