St Kilda Road mansion for windmill genius

Majella, one of 6 remaining mansions on #StKildaRoad, and the only one on the east side, and the only 20thC one, built 1913. It was designed by #ArthurPeck, in a broadly Edwardian style, leaning to Arts&Crafts, with the interesting use of #terracotta walls and columns on the verandah, but otherwise a bit plain. Built for James Alston who invented an Australian icon, the farm windmill in 1884, and other innovations, to be near his South Melb factory. Was various Federal govt departments after the 1940s right up till 1990, when the Federal Govt sold it with tight conditions, so it survived, albeit with a tower in the back garden. It appears to be offices now.

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