What are those things sticking up behind these townhouses?
Oh, this is looking good.
It is the National Trust (Victoria) owned house Labassa, in Caulfield. We have reacquainted ourselves with the fabulous Labassa after our last visit in about 1981 when the Trust had just bought it. It had been divided up into a number of flats and I think some of the tenants were still in residence. I could not have taken this photo back then, as there was a modern brick veneer house in front of the house. The Trust bought the house and demolished it. The view back then was from the side of the house and very limited. Is it not a good thing that the house has been given a viewing perspective?
This is the reason why the proposed sell off of land around the Banyule homestead in Heidelberg must be stopped. Grand houses need land around them. A developer wants to build housing on the land surrounding Banyule and remove native vegetation. Banyule is a very important building in Melbourne's history. You can read about the campaign to preserve the land around Banyule here and some of the building's very interesting history. For a first class photo of Banyule click here. Surely no one would build around Banyule. It would be criminal.
Labassa was completed in about 1890 but also significantly altered over the years. It has a lot of original features intact, including luscious wallpapers and a good bit of stencilling. It is not a restored house, rather an original house with some of the conversion to flats removed. The stained glass looks nothing from the outside, but inside it is brilliant. It lights a double staircase and it is mesmerising. Sadly photography is not allowed inside the house.
This fibro cement, perhaps asbestos, addition should be removed.
One does rather like imported pink Italian marble. Other grand houses in Melbourne are Como, big but quite ordinary, Ripponlea, its best features being its gardens and Werribee Park, quite nice. Labassa is my fave though.
What do you call the face at the top? I don't know. Click on the pic to see it in more detail.
This garden looked quite nice. What is the plant with the hanging flowers? It looks a bit datura like.