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Mid-Century Modern - Voluntary 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?

Council sought voluntary nominations from over 6,500 property owners in Beaumaris and Black Rock between November 2018 and March 2019. During this time period, we received enquiries from 27 residents, 10 of which have nominated their properties for heritage assessment. 

What is the next step?

A heritage assessment of the 10 nominated properties will now commence to determine if they meet the criteria for statutory protection, through inclusion in the Heritage Overlay within the Bayside Planning Scheme.
If it is found that properties do have significant mid-century modern heritage and architectural value, preparations for an amendment to the planning scheme will commence to ensure these properties are recognised, and protected.

Council will make contact with land owners in April/May 2019 to arrange for access to each of the nominated homes so that they can be properly assessed. 

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)


(03) 9599 4368

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