Lost Melbourne- Florida Mansions, St Kilda Road, 1916

Original post 3 March 2020

I was reminded by the #KelvinMansions post of a similar #blockofflats on #StKildaRoad, corner High Street, that was demolished way back in 1982 ( fortunately photographed just before). Called #FloridaMansions, it was built in 1916, and designed by #NahumBarnet (also doing city warehouses at the time). They had “every convenience for the accommodation of the families who occupy them – mostly of the professional class – medical, artistic, literary.” The style is #EdwardianFreestyle, with Arts & Crafts influences. Solid yet varied. A great loss. The 4th photo is of the back of the front block, the space behind called Florida Ave. The last photo is of the ‘tower’, which was the water tank. I see by comparing second pic and original photo that the corner had an added floor, but in matching style. The site is now the nearly finished #StBoulevard.

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