Thursday, October 17, 2013

Buildings

Park Street, South Yarra is a street often walked by us, for the reason that we like it. We watch for the magnolias blooming and the constant renovations of properties that line the street. This relatively modest place has just had it interior space tripled or more, with a second storey addition at the rear.


A row, or a terrace of cottages. Isn't it strange the the decorative gable is not on two of them. Removed or just not built? One even has the chimney missing. Now that would be a removal for sure. Bit of foliage growing from one of the chimney pots.

The traffic sewer of Kingsway is not our favourite place to walk but walk it we must to get to our local watering hole next door, The Palmerston Hotel next to this new building. We wondered what would happen to these sole remaining houses when we became a aware of the new development. They have been renovated, but I doubt they originally looked much like this when they were built.

This new development in Albert Road is a odd beast, especially from where I am standing and it dominates what was a dominant building. The building it frames is The Hallmark apartment building, formerly the Holiday Inn, but best known by people of a certain age by its original name, the St Kilda Road Travelodge.


Here it is viewed from Albert Road.

 Finally, another new building in Albert Road. It lends dignity to the house it towers over? No?

I like this work at the entrance though.

Does the foyer decoration speak to you of something? Yes, it is very Asian style decoration and quite appropriate as I have only seen Asian residents coming and going from the building. R has looked at it on the net and says the rooms are very small.

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  1. I suppose we should be grateful that the terrace house in Albert Road has been retained but what a pity it is completely swamped by that monstrosity around it.

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    1. Victor, you really wonder at the worth of saving buildings when their street context has been removed. I like the building from above the white part.

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  2. I'm not a city liver more a city fringe kidney(my attempt at humour) but I do like the entrance to the last building very attractive.
    Merle...............

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    1. Boom boom. Yes, a nice little piece of work, Merle.

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  3. Now you are talking my language - saving important architecture :)

    I agree with you about the row of cottages. Almost certainly they would have been built at the same time and from the same design. So if a decorative gable or chimney is missing, it would have been removed at a later date. That could be fixed, so easily!

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    1. Hels, well a couple of buildings were saved, but hardly in any sort of context.

      The pair without the gables look a little naked. Can't understand why they would remove them. Maybe the roof was replaced and cheaper to remove them and get a straight run.

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  4. I'm disagreeing with Hels here, I think the gables are a new addition, those two homes appear to have been renovated, possibly bought as a pair by one owner, while the other two haven't. What is the pink Asian style decoration meant to be? A light fitting? I don't like it. I do like all the other buildings. The house in the first photo is similar to renovations/extensions I've seen here in Adelaide, where the back is opened up and a second story added with windows for light. They're a great way to preserve the original character at least half way, while gaining much more space.

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    1. You well may be correct about the gables, River.

      The decoration was kind of like strings of flowers. I did not like it either.

      Yes, it is a great way to renovate a house, but I expect there is a lot of red tape with council.

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