Parts were once lined with very fine houses and later some rather nice apartment buildings. The area where I photographed was only about a kilometre long and has five lanes of traffic in each direction with a central grassed area with tram lines in each direction and lined with London Plane trees. Plane Trees also line the sides of the road, along with a few other odd species thrown in.
But like all over Melbourne, especially in our leafy expensive suburbs, such houses are coming down at an alarming rate, leading to drastically changed streetscapes, a huge loss of private open space and worst of all a loss of trees, grass and vegetation. Our governments argue that we need denser populations to absorb our absurdly exploding population, and so apartment buildings where once a single house stood is good policy. Our state government and local councils have very much neglected the heritage aspects that make our leafy suburbs what they are, never mind the congested roads and overcrowded public transport, schools struggling with numbers, stretched medical services.......you know what it is like. It seems to be a world problem and has eroded our standards of living.
There was quite rightly outrage when this house on the heritage register was recently legally demolished, with the local council and the state government passing the buck back and forth. While the house was not in Dandenong Road but the suburb of Hawthorn, I think I should share some photos of some of the housing along Dandenong Road between Wattletree Road and Alexandra Street before they are all demolished.
Mature trees and possibly a nice garden, lawns and the house in Hawthorn gone. Photo from The Age.
A very large Dandenong Road house. It will stay as it is part of
Here is a paste from a real estate site in perhaps 2002. "Frank Tate House" One of the last opportunities to purchase a grand un-renovated mansion in Armadale Rich in history the property was originally named "Noorilim" and was the residence of William Winter Irving MLC. Following this it became the Rio Grande Hotel/Guesthouse before passing to the Education Department in 1950 and being renamed Frank Tate House after the first Director General of Education in Victoria in 1902. Ideally located between Hampden and Denbigh Roads on a magnificent allotment of 4,100 square metres approximately (44,000 square feet) this grand late 1800's Victorian mansion is currently student accommodation but the possibilities are endless (subject to council approval), including: * Restoring the home as a residence * Development potential * Aged care facility * Educational facility.
This is the type of apartment building replacing the old homes, occupied by older people (wealthy widows) who no longer want a large house and wealthy Asian immigrants. Strange mix really.
It is very hard to do much with a block of flats if they are individually owned as a very high percentage of owners have to agree to sell. If these are individually owned, then I expect the block will be safe. Quite spacious inside I should think.
Bit hard to see, but I expect it will go in time.
This is not so old but my absolute favourite. It was probably built in the 1940s. Nicely proportioned and now well maintained. It was a little neglected at one time but repairs were made and it reappeared from a very overgrown garden.
This is one I feel no sentiment about. I think it is apartments. Let it go. Developers do your worst.
What a weird little house, well medical place I think.
Not bad apartments. It appears the third storey was added later.
Fine Art Deco.
Unlike England's Tudor houses, ours are very neat and straight. I'd like this one to stay.
I can picture the interiors of these apartments. Very nice indeed. Late 40s or early 50s.
I'll just throw in from left field this Italianate? house with the gorgeous magnolia that can be seen from our apartment. Rarely driving the car now, I am out of touch with bloomings and so I was surprised to see this normally late bloomer in full display. Magnolias and many other spectacular flowering trees are being lost in the race to demolish 150 year old Melbourne housing and build a brand new city of buildings that will be demolished in 30 years.