The delightful Queen Victoria Building, once on the corner of Swanston and Collins, in a close up of a painting from 1889 by Jacques Carabain, a French/Belgian artist who made a living going round the world and painting street scenes (usually exotic locales though). Then a scan of a slide of the building from the … Continue reading Queen Victoria Building and Queens Walk Arcade
1 September 2022 A still from ‘Lost Melbourne’, a great little doco by Gus Berger about much that we lost - and I’m in it ! Coming to cinemas. This is St Patricks Hall being demolished in 1957; it was on Bourke Street, the hall built by the Irish community in 1849, and was where … Continue reading Lost Melbourne – St Patricks Hall
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 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 (!)
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 !
A photo from c1960 of the #castironlace #verandah being removed from Hillside, a grand #melbourneterrace thousands pass every day on #HoddleStreetRichmond, when it was being converted to a ladies hostel (and it’s still operating as #HillsideCourt). Possibly the most famous place where the verandah is obviously missing. The photo is from ‘Victorian Heritage - Ornamental … Continue reading Postwar cast iron hatefulness in Richmond