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 20 October 2019 Rather extraordinary house - part of the @beaumaris_modern open day that completely channels the 60s, with I think a fair dose of Sydney 60s guru #NevilleGruzman, lots of beams and black gridded #steelframedwindows. Designed by @zenibaker, complex 2016. I thought it was great ! Very livable, gardens out every window, … Continue reading Beaumaris Modern No 2 – 60s style from 2016
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
😮😁 Seen in Hyde Street, #Footscray. One for you
The excellent #CraigAndSeeley factory offices in #Brunswick, built in 1963, designed by #TheodoreBerman, one of the mostly Jewish postwar #EmigreArchitects (or @othermoderns). Love it, all that colours! Intense green, patterned, and bright red, over black and white (incl white mosaic tiles on the columns). C&S made Chef brand stoves, taking over from Lux, who occupied … Continue reading Chef factory offices 1963, Theodore Berman has fun with Modernism.
#BrunswickFireStation, 1937, designed by #SeabrookandFildes, who did a few around town but this is the best. They got famous for introducing a bricky brand of European Modernism in 1934 with #NormanSeabrook’s design for #MacrobertsonGirlsHigh. This is bit more #ArtDeco by comparison, but very stripped back and rectangular. Thanks as usual to Grant for the drive … Continue reading Fire Station Modern
Chart House c1940, architect unknown - pretty radical for 1940, looks so 50s, except for the #steelframedwindows, with opening leaves, 50s would be aluminium frames. I don’t love it, but it’s very interesting. Rather oddly the heritage study by @lovellchen says the front was altered in the 50s, but the side wasn’t, so only the … Continue reading Chart House c1940 and Melbourne House 1923, Little Bourke Street
John Donne & Sons sold charts and maps and globes and published stuff, located here at 356 Little Bourke Street since at least the 1890s, rebuilt in c1940 - think this #shopfront is original, they left here only maybe 10 years ago, seem to be in Bentleigh now. #WilkinsandKent left the sign which is nice.
The #StKildaLibrary was designed by #EnricoTaglietti, and built 1971-73. Often called #Brutalist cos of the #offformconcrete, I’d say it’s really an interpretation of #FrankLloydWright, with all that horizontality and #batteredwalls, but it’s a great interpretation! Love the wacky angled gap/windows and the attention to detail. Tagleitti was an Italian architect who came out in 1955 to do … Continue reading St Kilda Public Library, Enrico Taglietti, 1973.