Quite a #streamlined landmark - the celebrated #FreemasonsHospital in #EastMelbourne is a result of the front corner being a matching 1958 extension to the original 1937 #hospital designed by #StephensonandMeldrum. They were famous for introducing white stark european #modernism to #Melbourne starting with the 1934 #mercyhospital just round the corner. The extension makes it striking, … Continue reading Freemasons Hospital, East Melbourne, 1937 + 1958.
This is the best #backofatownhall ever ! Mainly because the then Emerald Hill Council leased an entire block that had been an orphan asylum on the eponymous hill, and put the hall in the middle, with axial streets front and back - most other town halls had to settle for corners or even mid blocks. … Continue reading South Melbourne Town Hall, Charles Webb, 1879.
Looks like staff orientation for the #EsplanadeHotel - they’re going to need them with 4 floors of bars and restaurants and live music too ! There’s nice classical features around the door which I don’t remember, they’ve even kept the cracked I suppose 60s terrazzo stairs, and the new glass roof over the front bar … Continue reading Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda, 1878 – renovations.
The lesser seen but still impressive east face of #RipponLeaEstate, showing off that so-called #LombardicRomanesque #polychromebrick that #JosephReedArchitect introduced in the late 1860s, when the first stage of Frederick Sargood’s house was built. I guess this house is unique for amongst so many other features for having three impressive fronts - even the back is … Continue reading Rippon Lea historic house and garden, Elsternwick.
Fisherman’s Pier restaurant, a most unexpected thing on the Geelong waterfront, a fabbo combo of #FrankLloydWright influence and fun #clamshell reference; designed by #ErminSmrekar, one of those European #emigrearchitect who designed way outside the mainstream of #MelbourneArchitecture. Ermin was from Trieste, and arrived in the 50s having studied architecture there, and brought the wild experimentation … Continue reading
Very upsetting but I thought I should go. For those not from #Melbourne, the flowers are a tribute to Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of #Pellegrinis, who was killed by a wannabe terrorist/man with a #mentalillness, probably both, just 2 blocks away. Shocking when something like that happens to someone you know. Used to go to Pellegrinis … Continue reading Pellegrini’s, Bourke Street – death of Sisto Malespina
#RMITDesignHub, #SeanGodsell, 2012; popular with photographers for its #enigmaticminimalism, but you gotta somehow cut out the traffic, and ignore the towers built around in the 6 years since. (Funfacts : the discs were meant to be solar cells, odd idea given only some rotate, sideways, and something was built terribly wrong cos they all had … Continue reading RMIT Design Hub, Sean Godsell, 2012