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.

28 April 2020

Princes St, Port Melbourne

September 2020

Brick and Gable House was entered in to the City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards 2020 in the category Residential Dwelling: alteration or new build.

April 2020

Brick and Gable House by Breathe Architecture. The house was completed in 2018.

April 2020

25 April 2020

14 Woodruff St, Port Melbourne

The Soap Factory

April 2020

Work continues on the Soap Factory.

Ingles St frontage, April 2020

Musk Architecture The Soap Factory

MUSK Studio "embraces the unique circumstances of each project to uncover original design solutions that are personally engaging and enrich the environment in which we all share".

Developer: Banco Group
Developer: Cubo Group
Architecture: MUSK Architecture Studio


It was reported that Harry Stamoulis sold the red brick 7036 sq m red brick warehouse for $10m. (source: The Age 2 February 2017)

Sold - April 2017


For sale - the Ingles St frontage, December 2016

May 2016

The photograph below shows the building prior to the construction of the neighbouring townhouses.

Late afternoon May 2016, from cnr Boundary & Woodruff St 

21 April 2020

11 Evans St, Port Melbourne

April 2020

Looks like demolition is not far away.

11 Evans St, 21 April 2020
March 2020

A planning application has been submitted to the City of Port Phillip for the demolition of the dwelling and the construction of two double storey dwellings with roof terrace. (ref 132/2020)

June 2019

The house was sold by Marshall White on 22 June for $1,700,000.

It was last sold in 1976 for $41,000.

28 April 2016


Garden inventory

A lemon tree 

16 April 2020

106 and 108 Stokes St, Port Melbourne

Thelma and Carmel

Thelma and Carmel in the late afternoon January 2020

History of 106 and 108 Stokes St:

'Until March 1902, this site was occupied by a pair of five roomed wooden houses. By March 1903, the owner, Patrick Darcy had erected a pair of five room brick houses. The pair ... are of great importance as intact single storey polychrome brick terraced houses. Both houses have two double hung sash windows with a front door towards the middle of the building. The viruoso use of brick around the windows and doors would be equalled by few houses of this size in Melbourne. Between the verandah and the parapet is a colourful row of glazed tiles interspersed with pairs of brackets and garlands. The central portion of the parapet is constructed in red brick contrasting with the dark brown used in the rest of the house. Elaborate cement render consoles support a central pediment on each house, and under this is the name, also in unpainted cement render. The chimneys are constructed in red and yellow bricks with a refined cement render capping.'

source: Port Melbourne Conservation Study prepared by Jacobs Lewis Vines Architects and Conservation Planners July 1979

12 April 2020

202 - 214 Normanby Rd, Southbank

April 2020

Oakwood is a 40 storey building, comprising 392 serviced apartments.

"The conceptual design for this 40-storey hotel has been shaped by the history of the local area, which has been predominantly industrial. The design took inspiration from the idea of interlocking mechanical parts and the sleek finish of contemporary machinery" according to the architects' website.

According to Oakwood Premier's website: This is "Oakwood’s most luxurious offering, catering to the world’s power players – bankers, embassy officials, heads of Fortune 1000 companies and relocating senior executives".

202 - 204 Normanby Rd, April 2020

Architects: CHT 

Builders: Hamilton Marino

Planning permit history

Application received: 29 June 2015

Permit issued: 14 July 2017

Amendment to permit20 March 2019

Yarra Hotel Group Oakwood Premier Melbourne – Normanby Road Southbank

07 April 2020

538 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne

The Standard 

April 2020

The lights are on in the northern most part of the development.

from Williamstown Rd April 2020
October 2019

The townhouses are going up following the near completion of the apartments facing Williamstown Rd.

from south western corner Ross and Raglan Sts, October 2019
July 2018

Demolition has finished. The site is clear.

Note the proximity to North Port Oval with the Norm Goss stand clearly in view.

 from corner Ross x Raglan, July 2018
May 2018

Deconstruction of the buildings continues behind these hoardings.

from Raglan St looking east towards Ross St, May 2018

Cleared site from cnr Ross & Raglan Sts

March 2018

Demolition of the buildings on site has begun.

December 2017

Approval was sought for an amendment to the permit to allow for a five level building with 15 apartments (9 x two bedroom and 6 x 1 bedroom) and 17 x three storey three bedroom townhouses.

June 2017

Marketing has begun for The Standard "Townhomes and Boutique apartments". Front row seats for the Football at North Port Oval - surprisingly not mentioned in the many locational advantages in the promotional material.

June 2017

The Standard will be made up of 17 three bedroom townhouses, and 15 one and two bedroom apartments.

Developer: The Cubo Group

Architects: JAM Architects

July 2015

The site of ATA Distributors (Abrahsives, Tapes, Adhesives Packaging Systems) was sold by Mulcahy & Co in July 2015.

June 2015

Planning application 667/2015 was approved by the City of Port Phillip for a four storey building with 11 apartments and 17 townhouses.

Sales history

The site was sold for  $7,400,000 in January 2016 and $600,000 in July 1991. (source: realestate.com)


While the focus of this photograph is on the premises of J Kitchen and Son, the site of 538 Williamstown Rd is clearly shown.

Charles Daniel Pratt February 1939 State Library of Victoria

06 April 2020

320 - 332 Plummer St, Wirraway


September 2020

A St Ali coffee cart services the residents until the cafe on the corner of Prohasky and Plummer St opens. Note the awning, the generous well paved footpath and the strong and stylish tree protection. 

320 - 332 Plummer St, September 2020

April 2020

view from the Webb Dock trail April 2020
March 2020

The finishing touches are being applied to the development. The nature strips have been planted. 

March 2020 - view from Prohasky St
June 2019

The P.M. development viewed from west side of Prohasky St towards the corner of Prohasky and Tarver Sts.

viewed from Prohasky St, June 2019

April 2019

The development emerges.

view from the Webb Dock trail April 2019

September 2018

Hutchinson Builders now have three cranes on site.

April 2018


The site is being cleared and prepared for the construction of the P.M. development. The permit dates back to 2014.

The locational attributes of the site are highlighted: 650m to Port Melbourne beach and just 3km to the CBD. It is minutes from the access to the Westgate Freeway.

David Joachim is the Director of Third Street which also owns 365-391 Plummer St, and a property in Rocklea Drive. (source: Simon Johanson Age 15 March 2017)

Developer: Third Street


Marketing the P.M. Port Melbourne development from prominent premises on the corner of Plummer and Salmon Streets.

December 2016

Marketing begins for the P.M. Port Melbourne development designed by Elenberg Fraser.

(and the Port)  December 2016

September 2016 

The permit applicant sought amendments to the original permit. They appealed to VCAT when the Minister for Planning failed to determine the amendment within the required time.

VCAT granted permit P866/2016 on 26 September 2016.

The development will contain 536 apartments over three towers and eleven townhouses. Two of the towers will be twelve storeys while the tower on the corner of Plummer and Prohasky Streets will be fifteen storeys.

The mix of dwellings will be 48% one bedroom, 39.5% two bedroom, an increase in 3 bedroom dwellings from 6.3% to 12.7% and 11 townhouses. This accords with the requirements to provide for housing diversity in size and affordability.

May 2015

Planning permit PA1600082 was issued by the Minister for Planning on 24 May 2015 for a development of three towers between 12 and 15 storeys.


A planning application was lodged with the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) on 1 October 2014. The application was not supported by the MPA. (Ref 14/0005)

street numbers not in use when S & M was last published in 1974

vacant but occupied by Chrysler in 1974