Tuesday, June 15, 2010

St Kilda Walk 2/3

See details at the first post.

Stop 6. Continue along Victoria Street and right into the The Esplanade. Stop outside The Esplanade Hotel, The Espy. The apartments in the tower behind were the result of a 17 year planning battle. Go back along The Esplanade to Alfred Square and cross onto the grass and walk up to the corner.

Note the plaque at the corner of Alfred Square, the site of the first building in St Kilda.

Stop 7. Stop opposite the single storey houses, numbers 1 & 2, Alfred Square. These are the only remaining free standing houses of many in Alfred Square. The oldest houses the walk passes by, from the 1850s. Walk up Wimmera Place to numbers 7 and 11.

Stop 8. Number 7, a fifties cream brick veneer house that stands out like the proverbials. If the house is not enough, the block is filled with rainbow lorikeets. At the time this house was built, most respectable families had left the area.

Wimmera at no 11 is an arts and crafts style block of flats built in 1917.

Walk to the corner of Acland Street. Apparently this wall at the corner is rendered to look like stone. It looks like render to me. Cross the road to the corner of Eildon Road.

Stop 9. The church was completed in 1857. Church Square in front of the church, a centre for social and religious gatherings. Walk along Eildon Road. Many of the blocks of flats that line Eildon Road were built on the site of the mansion Inverleith. The house had 35 rooms and architect William Pitt designed a ballroom which was a later addition. Stop at the far corner of Inverleith Crt. Opposite are houses and flats built on the grounds of the mansion Eildon, still standing in Grey Street. Further along the street on the opposite side are that were the grounds of the mansion Mittagong. Continue along the street until you are opposite number 28.

Stop 10. The house at number 28 is Granada, a Spanish Mission style house.

Walk back along Eildon Road and turn left into Church Square, behind the church. Cross the grassed area at the end of the street and turn left into St Leonards Avenue and stop opposite number 8A.


  1. I used to live in St.Leonards Ave and walk through the church yard between the tram and home. One winter night when it was early dark (probably June) I was swooped by an owl who lived in the trees there.
    It was a vibrant area, full of life, the theatre group in the church hall, that crazy farm at the end of the street, and the only downside was that visitors could never find a carpark.
    Thanks for the memory lane.

    I wonder how that block of Nonda Katsalidis apartments is ageing?

  2. Great walk, thanks :)

  3. I love looking at these pics and seeing the different architectures, thanks Andrew, it was a nice walk we had with you :)

  4. Anonymous1:31 am

    I too am enjoying these walks Highriser. Thank you!

  5. Ann, no reason why an owl could not live there now. Nice. Since cars were invented, there has been St Kilda parking problems. Nothing changes. Which is the Katsalidis block?

    Glad you liked it Jayne.

    Thanks Cazzie and Scott.

  6. Huge 1995 Katsalidis at end of dead-end St.Leonards.
    I thought it was an appalling planning decision.
    I hope the 2 substantial Federation-era houses at 6 and 10 are still safe. the one at 6 has an exciting history and was a boarding house in 1995. One day a tenant was asleep on the front lawn with a gleaming new GEORGES of Collins Street carry-bag beside her.
    I wished:
    1. I'd had a camera with me to preserve the incongruousness, and I wished 2. I had witnessed the sale in Georges. Maybe it triggered their closure!

  7. I will take a gander next time I am in the area Emstacks.