double fronted house

From Victorian times to early 1900s most houses built in Sydney had a single frontage to the street. For example, a number of worker cottages in Leichhardt were separated but closely built. This was considered an important social improvement over the previous Victorian/Edwardian terrace houses. Federation houses particularly, introduced the idea of a double frontage with a forward gable and verandah fronting the street. These became very popular as not only did they provide a more attractive streetscape, the verandah allowed a usable area overlooking the front garden (another feature of the Federation era).