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Mid-Century Modern Heritage Protection

Beaumaris and Black Rock are home to many significant mid-century properties thanks to a concentration of innovative architects building in the years following World War 2.

Mid-century modern architecture plays a pivotal role in making these suburbs special. It helps to create unique and special neighbourhood identities and iconic local streetscapes. This heritage contributes to making Beaumaris and Black Rock the highly valued and much-loved places they are today.


What is mid-century modern architecture?

Mid-century modern architect designed houses feature new design approaches, including use of light timber or steel framing; materials such as cement sheeting; flat or skillion roofs; north facing windows and easy connection to outdoor decks and gardens.

Sometimes structurally daring, the style of architecture is distinct for its use of clean lines, open plan layout and a different approach for maximising vistas and utilising natural light with floor to ceiling windows.

What is our approach to protect mid-century modern architecture?

We sought voluntary nominations from over 6,500 property owners in Beaumaris and Black Rock between November 2018 and March 2019. During this time period, 14 properties were nominated for assessment.  

Assessment of nominated properties

The assessment of the nominated properties was undertaken as a two stage process:

Stage 1 includes a preliminary assessment of each property to determine if the houses warrant a more detailed assessment. The objective of this stage is not to determine absolutely whether every individual property is significant, but whether it has strong potential for significance. Following the finalisation of the preliminary assessment of the nominated properties, 11 of the 14 properties warranted progression to Stage 2. 

Stage 2 includes a detailed assessment conducted on those properties that have progressed from Stage 1. Individual Citations were written for those properties found to be of significance. 

Following this, a planning scheme amendment process (Amendment C178bays) to apply the Heritage Overlay to properties with demonstrated heritage significance. Council is awaiting a decision from the Minister for planning on the 19 places that formed part of Amendment C178bays.

Next steps

Council resolved to commence a mid-century modern heritage study at its 23 June 2020 Ordinary Meeting to undertake a municipal wide mid-century modern heritage study in 2020/21. This study will commence in the coming months. 

Stay up to date with the project

If you would like to receive notification about the status of the voluntary heritage protection process or Council's 2021 study, you can subscribe for email updates.

Contact us

If you are interested in finding out more, we encourage you to contact us by Phone or Email.


planningstrategy [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Beaumaris%20heritage%20review%20in%20Bayside)


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