Evolving Port

Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Changing identity - from Kosdown to Evie

When Port Melbourne began its mighty transition, each new apartment development was accompanied by a brochure. Now, each new project has a website. The branding of each project is obviously critical to marketing success. This project dispenses with luxury names, the store of which must be almost depleted: Iconica, Luur. It ignores its proximity to the water: Aqueous, Aere, and dispenses with references to views - Bayview, Portview. Evie's gaze is more direct and personal. The display is transparent and open, the look clean and minimal. Have a look inside at Evie's website.



121 Liardet St, Port Melbourne

Kyme Place has become the 'Treehouse' to its residents, according to the positive review of this affordable housing development in The Age on Friday 26 April. It is rare that the words 'delightful' and 'worthy' occur in combination as in the article. Clark takes a detached look at the development - her views not coloured by the controversy surrounding the development in 2008.
Architects: McGauran Giannini Soon
Developer: Port Phillip Housing Association



History of 121 Liardet St
Boats were built here! The Volunteer was built by Jesse William Merrington on the vacant block next to the Merrington's home, 121 Liardet Street, around 1920 or 1921.  The Volunteer was later sold to George Beazley.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Army and Navy Hotel

After lying neglected and ignored for almost 20 years, the heritage listed Army and Navy Hotel has metamorphosed into some very sophisticated townhouses, now for sale. This photograph precedes the change.




Dow St was a centre of activity for the Naval Brigades that preceded formation of the Australian Navy. The great apprehension of a Russian invasion galvanised the Brigades. Here is just a snippet to convey the presence of Navy in Dow St:
"The Sandridge Corps of the Naval Brigade paraded on Friday at the drill room in Dow Street for official inspection. A hundred members were present … and the men went to quarters. The guns were all cast loose and run out, guns on both sides manned; broadside and independent firing was practised. The Officer in Command was Capt Steele assisted by Capt Johnson and Lieuts Swallow and Smith."
9 April 2013
A letter to The Age (14 01 1933) recalls some of the early settlers, including
"Captain Harry Hall (who) signalled his retirement from the sea by conducting the dual businesses of a sand contractor and a publican. He kept the Army and Navy Hotel in Dow-street, opposite the old drill hall."