Original post 19 July 2020 Photos 29 June #Kingsclere in #FitzroyStreetStKilda has a rather retro facade for its 1926 date, but has an interesting interior, being built around a courtyard, very rare in Melbourne. Though seems architect #PJOconnor didn’t think the it needed to be anything other than very plain #redbrick; it’s quite lushly planted … Continue reading Kingsclere, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, 1926
Original post 14 July 2020 This very stylish block on my street is called San Diego, but it’s quite obscured by some #damntrees ! It’s clearly 1930s Art Deco, but that’s all I know, except that the flats have been built in two stacks it’s in front and to the side of an earlier house … Continue reading San Diego, Princes Street, St Kilda, WH Merritt, 1936
Original post 7 July 2020 The #victorianpridecentre is nearly topped out- looking very tubular ! And big. And the back is pretty interesting too!
Original post 3 July 2020 The #CataniClocktower on the #UpperEsplanade, one of largest memorials to anyone really, and definitely for an engineer! Catani was Italian, and studied in Florence, before coming out here in 1876, got a job at the Lands Department, and by the 1890s was responsible for big projects like draining the KooWeeRup … Continue reading Catani Clocktower, 1930
Original post 10 April 2020 Rearing up in the middle of the otherwise low scale suburban #RobeStreetStKilda is this idiosyncratic pile called #WindsorCourtApartments. It was created in the 1920s by altering and adding to what was a three storey pub, #StarAndGarterHotel, on the left and a possibly differently designed three storey house on the right … Continue reading Windsor Court, Robe Street, a converted pub.
Original post 27 March 2020 2nd #virusphoto; #EildonMansion, without any cars in front ! But some hazard tape instead. Now home to the #AllianceFrancaiseMelbourne, it was built in 1872, designed by #JosephReedArchitect of #ReedAndBarnes, an enlargement of an earlier house. It’s a bit clunky if you ask me, not Reeds best work; an awful lot … Continue reading Eildon Mansion, St Kilda
Original post 27 February 2020 Linden in #AclandStreet is quite a survivor! While all around it were converted to flats, or demolished and replaced by flats, and St Kilda went from exclusive residential, to flats, and then cheap flats, the Michaelis family, who had built it in 1870, stayed on ! It was designed by … Continue reading Linden, Acland Street, 1870
Original post 27 February 2020 St Kilda still surprises - another hidden mansion ! Behind the Spanish style flats at 37 #AclandStreet, there’s this ! A completely intact big house, pretty much the same as the one next door that never got flats built in the front yard. Both built c1870, same size and shape … Continue reading Hidden heritage in St Kilda No 2
Original post 25 February 2020 Cute Deco flats in #FitzroyStreetStKilda, BUT the two halves are so close together! Check out those balconies down the back, you could lean out and touch the other one ! As far as I can work out, they’re the stairs, but still, there’s lounge rooms facing each other only like … Continue reading Deco flats – bit too close for comfort
Original post 21 February 2020 Finally got a good shot of this fine elliptical #portico; part of Wyndham, a 1927 #blockofflats which has this portico as entrance and shared balcony overlooking their generous lawn, where I often see families with kids picnicking or even having parties. It faces another block that also has a side … Continue reading Wyndham, St Kilda, 1927