Nothing too exciting to post today. Just a few photos I took about a month ago when walking in South Yarra.
Strange building, I think converted to a house. I wonder what it was. The brickwork on the set back looks original.
Hard to work out what it may have been. Clearly not a normal house.
Some strange little windows. Although the lintel looks original, the brickwork and mortar around the window are more recent.
There doesn't appear to have been any change at this window.
And nor at this one, except there seems to be a metal lintel, so perhaps the window was just cut in and the sill bricks look modern.
At the rear you can see a massive lintel and new brickwork below it. There was a very large opening there for some reason. Was it a stable?
This house, perhaps because of its colour, has always grabbed our eye, quite unlovable as it is. It's one bedroom and from memory the asking rent was around $650 pw.
And this where these horses and carts should operate, not on our busy city streets. There are something like forty of them now. They are all getting quite out of hand.
The tall building with the dominating white lift towers in my blog header photo is Domain Park Flats, designed and built in 1962 by Robin Boyd. It was certainly innovative and stood a little higher than Edgewater Towers, which I featured in last year's Open Day post. In fact it was Melbourne's tallest residential building and aimed at high end own your own buyers. An artist and critic criticised the two lift towers as "monstrous excrescences". Oh my, how I would like montrous excrescence. I am just not sure how.
I do rather wonder who was slipped what for permission for such a dominant building to be constructed amid low rise housing.
Peering into the public areas from the outside, it appears to be quite original. There is a mix of 2,3 and 4 bedroom flats. I recall the rear getting a makeover, maybe in the 1990s. Olive trees were a curious choice but I guess they are ok. Underneath the rear is carparking as there is on the level of the trees.
They all seem very well cared for. I heard that Una Fraser, mother of our former and late Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser lived in one.
Certainly not flashy or glitzy though. The higher flats would have nice views over the Botanic Gardens and probably of the city.
Can't see a lot of the public area in the photo. A quote from Wikpedia "with all internal joinery finished in flat-polished walnut". One does like one's walnuts polished. It was Melbourne's first high rise housing to incorporate air conditioning, very advanced for the 1960s.
What is not very evident is that the building is very shallow, that is it does not go back far, only two rooms deep perhaps. That might be visible if you expand this photo.
Ok, heading back home, past St Thomas Aquinas Church. We can see the side and rear from home. It is all front.
Oi Bro, Lets Chill? How very un-Melbourne Grammar like.
An increasingly popular way to move young children around. Can't we go back to the old days where you could just give them the tram fare? In my day we were so poor, we only had our father's back to ride on.