Original post 6 October 2019 One of the more peculiar #midcenturymodern #officebuildings in the city is this one at 406 #LonsdaleStreet, built speculatively by the AMP society in 1958. Better with the horizontal window framing, but still quite odd. Turned into #studenthousing maybe 10 years ago. For some reason most of the blinds are always … Continue reading AMP, Lonsdale Street, 1958
Original post 2 July 2020 The Frankston Methodist Church in 1970 is another exercise in minimalism by #BatesSmartMcCutcheon, but with rough faced concrete blocks, rather boldly monumental- but maybe in real life it’s not so impressive? It’s on High Street, a few doors up from the Uniting Church, and used by the Brotherhood for youth … Continue reading Fmr Methodist Church, Frankston, 1970
Original post 23 October 2019 Another @beaumaris_modern house from Sunday, the Bricknell House, 1952. Charles Bricknell worked for #YunckenFreeman when they were still smallish, doing modern houses after their Georgian period, and this one is full of quirks - I liked it but somehow not a lot. Great rounded timber columns allowing that full #windowwall, … Continue reading Beaumaris Modern No 4 – Bricknell House 1952
Original post 22 September 2019 I remember passing by this in #GlenferrieRoadMalvern as a kid - guess it was so unusual it made an impression ! Built 1959 as an #ESandAbank, designed by #StuartMcIntosh, their in house architect who did a number of other outstanding ones (including Moe if anyone is ever there!). I went … Continue reading ES&A Bank, Glenferrie Road, Malvern, 1959
Original post 21 February 2020. A bit shocked to see the state of the 1959 #ESandABank in #GlenferrieRoad (and also that the fins seem to be made of plywood), but they’re currently repairing the roof so maybe the rest will follow ? Hmm just thinking if this were say Germany there’d be grants available, an … Continue reading A modernist landmark in need of some TLC.
Original post 23 October 2019 The Eidlitz House, 1953, Hocking Warren & Associates; lovely, simple, very 50s, #skillionroofs, plywood, timber framed #windowwalls, but turns out not as original as it looks. The house was a rectangular #smallhomesservice thing, facing north, with a 60s extension one end, which has been extended again; but the whole kitchen … Continue reading Beaumaris Modern No 1 – 1953, but extended a lot
Original post 2 November 2019 Photos 1 October 2019 #LaurensHouse in #LonsdaleStreet is a building that just wasn’t highlighted until the @nationaltrustvic started doing a review of CBD post war stuff a few years ago, and I said (or maybe it was someone else) said what about this one with the 50s #pinktiles? Turns out … Continue reading Cute tiled postwar office block by – Harry Bloom (!)
Original post 2 February 2020 Photos 1 October 2019 Eagle House in #BourkeStreet was completed in 1972, and replaced #OxfordChambers of the previous post. Designed by supreme Modernists #YunckenFreeman it’s actually #LateModern, when it was all about slick surfaces, and this is the stand out example, and so it’s on the #VictorianHeritageRegister. I nominated it … Continue reading Late Modernism in Bourke Street – Eagle House, 1972
First posted instagram January 24, 2020 Apparently this is going to be demolished soon, and I’m ok with that. Built as the #StVincentsHospitalMelbourne #NursesHome with casualty on the lower levels, it was built in the early 1950s, and it’s just a huge imposing #creambrick bock, relieved only by inset balcs on one side and stuck … Continue reading 50s clunky I won’t miss it !
Help needed - this is #MaryImmaculateIvanhoe, designed by #MockridgeStahleAndMitchell and built in 1961, and pretty intact - BUT the parish has submitted plans to ruin it - they were going to demolish but I think that better than this mess ! Additions on all sides, with angular and curved walls in brown brick, demolishing the … Continue reading How to wreck a church