'Bernaty, 18 Ewing Blyth Drive',

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This house (originally named Bernaty) appears to have been constructed  for Howard   Hitchcock in 1886-87. The Hitchock family were the owners of Bright and   Hitchcock's, a well known drapery and one of the principal mercantile establishments  in Geelong at the turn of the century. Hitchcock was also to become a Geelong Town Councillor between 1915 and 1931 (and Mayor from 1917-22).

 

The single storey, horizontal weatherboard Victorian Picturesque house is characterised by a recessed hipped roof, together with a projecting gable  to the street frontage and a return skillion verandah. Two early, rendered brick and   corbelled chimneys with terra cotta pots adorn the roofline. A parapetted skillion extension has been added to the south-eastern section of the building. Narrow overhangs   are a  feature of the eaves. An early decorative feature of the design is the   worked timber bargeboards on the projecting 'gable which contribute to the picturesque  qualities of the house.

 

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