Robin Boyd House media response

 27 February 2018

Question

A Robin Boyd-designed property at 56 Alice St, Mt Waverley is up for sale, and after talking to the agent, it sounds as though it's found interest among developers, and could be knocked down.

I can see this property isn't listed on the heritage register, and I was wondering if council was aware of it, and had any plans to protect it? The Robin Boyd Foundation believes it to be of great significance, as it is an example of his work with Melbourne's first project-home builder.

I'd also be interested to know if council is planning to undertake a heritage study surrounding post-war houses in the near future?

Response

The Robin Boyd-designed property at 56 Alice St, Mt Waverley was not identified in a Monash Heritage Study “Monash heritage study for places of cultural heritage significance (February 1999, Gerner Consulting Group)” to identify places of cultural heritage significance within the municipality.

With the increase in development we have seen in Monash over the last few years, which is representative of what is happening across Melbourne, there is a greater recognition of the value of these less traditional properties now than there was 20 years ago.

Monash Council values its heritage and will we will have an officer inspect the property immediately to see if it warrants any heritage recognition.

Council does receive queries from the community about the heritage significance of individual properties from time to time around the municipality and these are looked into.  Council does not have any immediate plans to undertake a further Heritage Study.  However, this is something we will need to consider in the future given that there is greater recognition today of mid-20th century architecture than there was in the past. 

Issued: Friday, 23 February 2018.
To: Monash Leader.
Quoting: Mayor, Councillor Paul Klisaris

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