NEWBURN FLATS

Location

30 QUEENS ROAD MELBOURNE, Port Phillip City

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Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number

H0578

Heritage Overlay Number

HO235

Level of Significance

Registered

78908

Extent of Registration

AMENDMENT OF REGISTER OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Historic Building No. 578 Newburn, 30 Queens Road, Melbourne (to the extent of the whole exterior, the public access areas and the whole of the Title Volume 8156 Folio 994).
[Victoria Government Gazette No. 91 29 August 1984 p. 2984]

Statement of Significance

Newburn was designed in 1939 by Frederick Romberg as an investment block of bachelor flats. The design was Romberg's first independent commission. He studied architecture in Germany before moving to Switzerland. In Zurich he continued his studies under Walter Gropius and Erich Mendelsohn who were also refugees and under Otto Salvisberg. In 1939 he arrived in Australia on a scholarship. Richard Hocking and Mary Turner Shaw were his first partners. In 1953 he joined Roy Grounds and Robin Boyd.

The original design was amended to reduce costs and meet the client's new requirements. The building was innovative stylistically and contrasted dramatically with the other flat development around it. As well, the communal servicing arrangements, the details for plumbing and venting and the arrangement for independent sun control all indicate the skilful implementation of the principles of modern architecture. Newburn is believed to be the first building to use off form concrete for its complete exterior.

The building has been altered by the addition of a penthouse. This replaced a pergola. Most flats have been altered internally in their finishes and fittings. The building was strata subdivided in the 1970's. The building remains relatively intact on the exterior and is in good condition structurally.

[Source: Historic Building Council Notes.]

Year Construction Started 1939
Architectural Style Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-60) International
Heritage Act Categories Heritage place
Municipality PORT PHILLIP CITY

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