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Save 27 Mariemont Ave, Beaumaris from the wrecking ball.
To the Victorian Minister for Planning, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, We urge you to place an interim heritage protection order on an architecturally significant, 1962 Chancellor & Patrick designed home at 27 Mariemont Avenue Beaumaris, to stop its imminent destruction. The suburb of Beaumaris was once cited by prominent architect, Robin Boyd, as "having the greatest concentration of interesting houses in the metropolitan area" due to many well respected architects experimenting with their first homes here. But since Bayside Council backflipped on their previously unanimously approved post-war heritage study, significant houses like this one (and 50+ more) are unprotected, at risk of demolition and disappearing at an alarming rate. The demolition order for 27 Mariemont Ave was lodged with Bayside Council in Feb, despite it being acknowledged as extremely significant in Council's 2008 heritage study. Chancellor & Patrick homes are protected in other suburbs by heritage overlays but inexplicably not in Beaumaris. To quote respected architectural historian Simon Reeves, “These early Beaumaris projects showcased the rapid maturing of the firm’s distinctive modernist idiom with a cheeky wink to Neutra and Wright: bold trabeation, broad-eaved roofs and the smart contrast of horizontal timber cladding with the starkness of planar brick walls, slab-like chimneys and overscaled piers." These homes represent an important part of our shared history and a significant architectural era in Victoria, Mid Century Modern. After the second world war, architects embraced a new style of architecture, experimenting with new materials and radically rethinking house design more suited to site and climate. These houses were ‘one offs’ and represent a unique time in residential housing that is now appreciated and sought after around the world, Palm Springs, USA being an excellent example. If this home can be saved from destruction, it will send a strong message to Council & developers that our unique history can't be disrespected and must be protected for future generations. It will pave the way for other significant homes to be saved, (like the incredible Demaine, Russell, Trundle, Armstrong & Orton house at 372 Beach Road Beaumaris, which currently has a planning application in with council, to be replaced with two townhouses). And it will stem the tide for Beaumaris & Bayside heritage.