Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Triples: Graham St

12 May 2013 
The recent removal of some desert ash trees, in preparation for the planting of new trees, has created a good view of this group of houses in Graham St. I think it is the only grouping of this type of house in Port Melbourne.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The pervasive influence of The Block

I am intrigued by this house - can't think of another one like it in Port Melbourne. Two contestants on the 2011The Block have used their prize money to buy it. They don't want to demolish it! Read the story here.
33 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

86 Raglan St, Port Melbourne

86 Raglan St is for sale. There is something about the simplicity of the original brick house that appeals to me as well as the way it catches the evening light. It is one of three, though one of the houses has been painted so it is not so obvious.

Interesting that the City of Port Phillip database* shows a picture of no 82 from 1974. Not much has changed beyond a coat of paint on no 82.
* seach the heritage database by 82 Raglan St, or the registration number pm1738

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Armada: 115 Nott St, Port Melbourne

5 September 2012
The newly completed Armada apartments in Nott St featured in the Age today and includes some gorgeous photographs of the cedar entry foyer.
Architect Craig Yelland of Plus Architecture described the look of the building as 'industrial seaside aesthetic rather than the cruise ship model.' Read more of the article here.
The cedar entry foyer would make returning home a pleasure - as is walking past the building. See more of Armada on Buxton's website.
In Port Melbourne, Buxton has also constructed Aqueous, the Anchorage Apartments, and the Zinc apartments. 
9 May 2012
Under construction

9 July 2011

Buxton's Insite newsletter* describes the development at 115 Nott St: 
'... Armada Apartments, a six-storey residential complex comprising 41 one and two-bedroom apartments and basement car parking at 115 Nott Street. Designed by Plus Architecture, the building's exterior is influenced by its seaside location and blends characteristics of modern day and historic shipping ports. The lower level reflects the sweeping lines of today's maritime architecture as well as visual interpretations of the everyday working machinery seen in a port environment. In contrast, the upper level design is based on an abstract grouping of sails while the selection of building materials complements the maritime theme.' 
 *Edition 1, 2010
$13.6 m construction of an apartment building [Insite Edition 2, 2011]
Architects: Plus Architecture

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Waterside: 95 - 117 Dow St

5 May 2012

Dow St was closed to all but local traffic today as a second crane was brought in to take away the crane from Waterside - behind Bianca. Always a relief to see the crane go. Dugga Beazley's boats hang on - to the right of the truck.

Dow St, looking north from Rouse St

Friday, May 4, 2012

Community service

7 December 2011

Community Service 
 7 12 2011
The home of former mayor of Port Melbourne, Gordon Lockhart Edwards in Evans St. 

Edwards was elected to the Port Melbourne Council in 1972 and was mayor in 1975/76. His wife Jessie died at South Port Community Residential Home in 2011 after a life time of service in the Port Melbourne community - especially with the Peter Mac Auxilliary.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

130 Farrell St, Port Melbourne

11 04 2012
130 Farrell St sold yesterday for $716,000.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

99 Dunstan Parade, Port Melbourne

From slate to iPad
On Saturday 31 March, 99 Dunstan Parade was sold. 
This house had been home to Doug McKenzie from 1948 until his passing in 2012. Doug was one of the last of the 'originals', being the first residents of the Fishermens Bend Estate. Doug was a tiler. He was also the President of the Sandridge Trugo Club for many years and an essential member of the Trugo team. Doug recalled starting school with a slate.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Aere: 41 Nott St, Port Melbourne

12 February 2012

16 June 2011

16 06 2011

Complementary marketing activities for Aere at 41 Nott St. This development comprises 43 units over 6 levels.

Aqueous: 19 - 25 Nott St, Port Melbourne

Update February 2013

Demolition of the building has begun. 

16 06 2011
February 2012

Marketing has begun for the development to be known as Aqueous at 19 to 25 Nott St. The development comprises 44 apartments over 6 levels with one level of basement parking. [11 studio, 22 x 1 bedroom, 11 x 2 bedroom studio]. 

Architects and Interior Designers: Rothelowman

Friday, February 3, 2012

53 Farrell St, Port Melbourne

15 December 2013

53 Farrell St was sold for $540,000 in May 2012 (source: realestate.com.au)


I'm sorry I left taking this picture for so long. No 53 was immaculately maintained at the time of sale. What do you suppose was the story of the scales - which have since disappeared? 
Planning permit 103/2010 has been issued for the demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of 2 three storey dwellings.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

56 Spring St East, Port Melbourne

8 January 2011
A planning permit was issued on 23 December 2010 for the demolition of the existing dwelling and garage and construction of a new two storey dwelling.
An amendment to delete the upper level and increase height to northwest (side) elevation wall at the rear was issued on 19 December 2011.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

33 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne

29 January 2012

Another place that once sold is likely to change significantly. Can anyone provide more context to help understand this building? It is so small - that's why I took the side view. The verandah detailing is very simple. The roof has no pitch.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

202 Clark St, Port Melbourne

202 Clark St is for sale. Before its tidied up - here it is. Does anyone know who lived there? I always feel sad when I see these family homes once so loved and tended - now dishevelled - before they take on a new life. 
Clark St is notable for its plane trees - a pleasure for some, and a trial to others.
Clark St was the edge of Port Melbourne's settlement west of the railway line till 1870.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Orama: 40 Beach St, Port Melbourne

December 2012

April 2012
Marketing has begun for the Orama development at 40 Beach St. It is a 4 level development containing 23 dwellings. The site wraps around the Pier Hotel. 

A House in Beach Street about the 20th century history of this site