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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 architects designed houses that featured 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 are we doing to protect mid-century modern architecture?

We are introducing a voluntary nomination process for protecting mid-century heritage in Beaumaris and Black Rock. This is due to community feedback that a mandatory process was unacceptable to many property owners.

How can I find out more?

We are inviting owners of mid-century modern homes to find out more about the process and what a heritage overlay would mean for your home.

We have prepared a brochure which provides more detail on the voluntary heritage protection process.

View the brochure (PDF, 1.25MB)

If you are interested in finding out more, we encourage you to meet with us to discuss the possibility of heritage protection.

Contact us


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


(03) 9599 4368

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