Thursday, March 25, 2021

A South Melbourne Stroll

I took a COVID ISO walk last September. South Melbourne Primary School, also known as Eastern Road Primary School opened in 1877 and closed in 1991.


I did see a puty cat.

It is now, wait for it, private apartments. At least the building was saved.


Here is an old photo before the school was surrounded.


The old and the new.


Even though these houses are only two kilometres from the centre of a city of over four million people,  I doubt any of you could afford them.


You could perhaps afford an apartment here though at City Edge, designed by the well known architect Daryl Jackson AO. The top floors of the two apartment buildings seems to be recreational, maybe an indoor pool, gym, room for a pony, whatever. 


I'm not a fan of seventies architecture and these buildings haven't changed my mind.

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  1. I am with you on the subject of 70's architecture. And assuredly couldn't afford those lovely terrace homes.

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    1. EC, when I retired I realised that what we have is the best we can ever have. We can no longer work towards something better. Not that I am discontent with where we live.

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  2. What a great idea to divvy up the school into appartments - and single story ones as well. We saw a school in Deniliquin that had been changed to a rural museum without altering the inside or the outside.
    I do think that puddy cat you saw is a brown burmese - see how the sun shines on its beautiful sleek coat.

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    1. Cathy, it is good that the building was reused. I am sure you are correct about the cat. That is what I thought.

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  3. Turning old schools into apartments is a great reuse of a perfectly good building. I hate seeing things just sinking into ruin.

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    1. Debby, it is a great thing and I wish there was a lot more of it.

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  4. I really like that yellow terrace house with the green trim, but not those apartments (flats?) in the pics below, they look like institutional offices. The old school is a treasure and I'm glad it was kept and reused instead of being demolished.

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    1. River, I agree with all you say. We will call them flats, yes ugly. Maybe nice inside. R knows them from his volunteer job, so I will ask him.

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  5. In that old picture the school looks like it's in the middle of a prairie or something. I don't particularly want to defend overdevelopment, but that kind of isolation gives me the shivers.

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    1. Kirk, it is so stark and I expect brand new. I am a bit puzzled as to why there aren't houses around it at all.

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    2. Build a school and the families will come.

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  6. Those three houses with the balconies are really beautiful. I do know some Regency terraces in the UK which are similar, and similarly you'd need a big bank balance to buy them.

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    1. Cro, ah yes, so many ill gotten roubles invested in those London properties.

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  7. Those old apartments do look good, nicely kept it seems.
    The old house, like that too and yes, most houses are expensive these days.

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    1. Margaret, I think all the properties in these photos would be well maintained and modern inside. Prices are certainly cheaper in your neck of the woods. Great value.

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  8. I agree with you from the 70th on the architecture for me is really ugly !

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    1. Gattina, I can't think of any 70s building I like.

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  9. At least they have kept the essence of the building. My pet hate architectural wise is the 60s developments with their emphasis on flat roofs and concrete. Many of which are now having to be demolished.

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    1. Marie, the key thig is that the 60s buildings are now being demolished. Valueless. What is being built now and in thirty years time will any of it be worth saving? But you can bet buildings of the Victorian and Art Deco eras period will still be here.

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  10. I bet apartments in the old school building are interesting -- but yeah, those '70s structures are uninspired.

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    1. Steve, it was only as I was writing this I found out the old school was apartments. I'd love to see inside them.

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  11. I'm not a fan of seventies architecture, either. The buildings in that particular photo were extremely ordinary. But the Victorian home with the wrought iron veranda is just what I would love.

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    1. We can dream about the Victorian home Hels.

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  12. Really great old school building.

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    1. Travel, it is in so many ways.

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  13. Love the Victorian houses, they are so pretty.
    Not a fan of that 70's building style either.

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    1. Sami, some good things came out of the 70s, but generally not buildings.

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  14. I am struck by the beauty of that school and I am so glad it was repurposed. The aesthetics of schools today leave a lot to be desired. Totally uninspirational to both staff and students alike. At least here. They look like barns with tiny windows and bleak parking lots as the view.

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    1. WWW, our new schools tend to be very bright and light, large windows and lot of colour. Different climate, I suppose.

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  15. Would love to see those apartments in the old school Andrew. The 70's definitely weren't the best for architecture although my house was built in the early 70's and I looooove it 😉

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