Surrey Hills Historical Society

Regular Meetings

The Surrey Hills Historical Society meets regularly at the Centre, usually in the Maitland Room of the Cottage, 3rd Tuesday of the month. The next presentation will be on:

Tuesday 20 June at 8pm: Richard Peterson – The Californian Bungalow

Richard Peterson is an architect with over 40 years’ experience and a particular interest in conservation architecture. He has completed nine municipal heritage studies, and was heritage advisor at the City of Melbourne, East Gippsland, Manningham, Maroondah and the former City of Heidelberg. As an activist volunteer, he held various positions at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) including 21 years on the Trust’s Board. He has also taught at RMIT University and elsewhere for 25 years.

Richard will speak about the history of the Californian bungalow, with particular reference to examples from across Boroondara. As an architectural style, the Californian bungalow was popular across the United States from around 1910 to 1939 and was popular in Australia from 1913 onwards. The timber versions were seen as low cost solutions to overcoming the housing shortage after the First World War, although there were also many red brick versions built around Melbourne. Typically 1 or 1½ storey houses, distinguishing features are sloping roofs, eaves with unenclosed rafters and a dormer window, or a feature attic vent designed to look like a window, over the main portion of the house. In Surrey Hills many of the small farm holdings in the area between Mont Albert and Whitehorse Roads were sub-divided after the war and many bungalows were built.

Supper follows the presentation.

Visitors most welcome. Cost: $4.50 per session.

You can learn more about the history of 3127 by following the Surrey Hills History Facebook page.

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