We undertook a pilot study of the proposed Yarra Boulevard Precinct, followed by full assessments of six precincts: Clutha Estate, High Street South Residential, Queen Street, Denmark Street, Howard Street and Yarra Boulevard. More 300 contributory properties are included in the study. A consultation draft report was issued in June 2011 and an updated report in July 2012.
The heritage study formed the basis of Boroondara Planning Scheme Amendment C142. We provided expert witness services during the planning process for the amendment, and the recommended Heritage Overlay precincts were included in the Boroondara Planning Scheme in July 2013.
The Yarra Boulevard Precinct is particulary interesting for its combination of steep terrain, irregular street layout, many carefully-sited buildings and predominence of Modernist architecture — this is thought to be the first Modernist heritage precinct in the state. Notable buildings include examples of 1930s interwar styles, postwar decorated and undecorated Modernist styles, and 1950s and ’60s houses by architects such as Roy Grounds, Robin Boyd and Chancellor & Patrick. To support the assessment, an architectural essay was prepared on the buildings in the Yarra Boulevard Precinct.
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