Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Journey's End

I spied this beautiful 1920s house for sale in Bridge Street on the way to Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen last week.  I'd never really noticed it before but I think the views from the house over Banksia Park would be pretty spectacular.  I also love the period details inside - all the wooden panelling, the strapped ceilings, the leadlight windows....sigh!  Apparently the cypress trees on the 3/4 acre block are heritage-listed.
Journey's End image via
Speaking of beautiful buildings, the future of art deco building Hatch Contemporary Arts Space at 14 Ivanhoe Parade in Ivanhoe is currently under a cloud with Banyule Council possibly selling the building and land to fund the Ivanhoe Community Hub (to be built in the precinct that includes near where the existing library, Ivanhoe Council Offices and The Centre Ivanhoe are and taking an estimated 3 - 5 years to build).  The new development will include a purpose built arts facility - a museum standard exhibition space to display Council's art collection, host touring exhibitions, store artworks and provide associated work areas.  If Hatch was to be sold, the U3A and Heidelberg Greek Senior Citizens which currently use the back of the building, as well as Hatch, would be moved to an interim location TBC.  Surprisingly, unlike The Centre Ivanhoe, Hatch is not heritage-listed although queries have been made as to whether an application has ever been sought in the past.
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space image via
To this end, council has given public notice of its intention to sell 14 Ivanhoe Parade.  It doesn't mean that council is definitely selling 14 Ivanhoe Parade and council is currently taking written submissions from the community until 3 July 2015, which it will consider at its Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 20 July 2015 starting at 7.45pm in Council Chambers, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.  Submissions can be delivered or posted to the Chief Executive Officer, Banyule City Council, PO Box 51, Ivanhoe 3079.  More information can also be found here.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is a member of the Banyule Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

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