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.

Monday, August 10, 2020

73 Heath St, Port Melbourne

August 2020

The original weatherboard cottage at 73 Heath Street was probably one of Port’s oldest homes, its slate hipped roof echoing Georgian influences rarely found in Victoria. Since it was in worse condition than imagined, reconstruction as a replica was the chosen solution. This included accurate positioning of windows, verandah and the rebuilt chimney. There’s a basement, and a two storey addition at the rear which provides a contrasting backdrop to the cottage. The owners were keen to retain the old house’s contribution to the streetscape, albeit in a new structure meeting modern building standards.

The chimney was rebuilt using recycled bricks from Paddy's Bricks in Kensington. 



73 Heath St, Port Melbourne


February 2019

The house at 73 Heath St has been demolished. Gone for now - but not for long as it will be re-constructed.

It was found that the hipped-roof front section was in such poor structural condition it could not be brought up to modern standards to meet building regulations and energy requirements.  Port Phillip Council building surveyors supported the demolition.

The cottage, with its slate roof and chimney will be reinstated, along with its double-hung windows. A more street sympathetic fence will enable a two way interaction between the house and the street.


73 Heath St, Port Melbourne 





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