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Beaumaris Modern has grown organically from a facebook page into a thriving community association.

In mid 2017, we officially launched Beaumaris Modern as a not-for-profit, incorporated community association. Prior to the formation of the association, Beaumaris Modern was a facebook blog, produced by Fiona Austin. The aim of the blog was to match local mid-century gems with sympathetic buyers.

Our inaugural event, A Celebration of Beaumaris Mid Century Architecture was an outstanding success with a full house in our Beaumaris Community Hall of around 200 locals attending. The keynpote speaker was our inaugural patron, Tim Ross (A.K.A Modernister),  who had recently seen his ABC TV series Streets of your Town aired.

We were fortunate to get some great media reporting at our launch and we celebrated Bayside City Council announcing in July 2017 that they were undertaking a Heritage Study to specifically review Mid-Century architecture in Beaumaris and Black Rock.

We then participated in the very successful Beaumaris Concourse Vintage Car Show. Shortly followed by Beaumaris Modern members attending Tim Ross’s Man about the House show in South Yarra at a Roy Grounds house.

We were then fortunate to get legendry modernist architect, Peter McIntyre down to Beaumaris to visit a house he designed in the 1950’s for a story in The Age newspaper.

At the end of 2017 we celebrated our achievements with A Very Mid Mod Christmas Party, a great success…to be repeated this year, with the added attraction of a band!

Some of our committee were fortunate enough to travel to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, where they gained great inspiration for Beaumaris Modern, as well as plans for our own Beaumaris Modern Modernism group to Palm Springs next February.

We then had another successful Beaumaris Modern member outing, on the train to Bendigo to the Marimekko exhibition.

We were invited by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to host an event for the Australian Heritage Festival. Our event, Let’s Talk MCM Heritage, featured a panel discussion including Peter McIntyre, Peter Maddison, Tricia Callan and Professor Philip Goad, moderated by Emma Telfer from Open House Melbourne.

The popularity of our events demonstrate the appetite in the community for Mid-Century Modern architecture and design and proved how important it is to preserve and appreciate the unique streetscape of Beaumaris.

Meanwhile, our community was betrayed by Bayside City Council when in April 2018 they completely backflipped on their own heritage study, the centrepiece of their own 2017 Heritage Action Plan. Therefore Beaumaris Modern are renewing their efforts to advocate for protection of our most significant heritage.

Whilst there is now a huge groundswell of interest in these Beaumaris classics. But unfortunately, owners & developers without any knowledge of mid-century design, have demolished many of these beautiful homes, not understanding their long-term value nor potential for sympathetic renovation.

So now, along with alerting people of properties for sale, we are also keen to share information about mid-century architecture. Through celebration and education, we hope to save as many of these properties as we can. And in doing so, bring like-minded people together to share their passion for mid-century architecture.

Therefore we look forward to showcasing some of our suburbs most interesting houses and a church, with our upcoming Beaumaris Modern Open event. Then we’ll follow that up with our bigger and better Christmas Party in December.

A huge thank you to our members and our committee, who have worked tirelessly to organise all our events.

We are all united in our passion for celebrating, educating and promoting the importance of preserving the mid-century architecture of Beaumaris.

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  • Keep an eye out for The Age Domain for an article on the ‘Abrahams’ house st 372 Beach Road Beaumaris. Very excited to get the original owner, Daryl Abraham’s back and two of his sons, Damian and Guy (who both grew up in the house). Please put the word out - this an amazing renovation opportunity to purchase a significant mid century house with a prized position on Beach Road. The house is an architectural gem with an amazing pedigree and just so much potential. #beaumarismodern #savethishouse #midcenturymodern @architecture_vic @buxtonsandringham @nationaltrustvic
  • The Clement Meadmore exhibition @potterunimelb gallery until 3rd March is well worth a visit. Guest curated by Dean Keep and Jeromie Maver, the exhibition starts with Meadmores  early interest in furniture and lighting design in Melbourne during the 50’s & 60’s. (Before he went to America and became a famous sculptor). The exhibition captures the excitement at a time when the ideals and aesthetics of modern design began to emerge and post war Melbourne  became a thriving and cosmopolitan city through art, architecture, design and the 1956 Olympic Games. There is an extraordinary collection here of original pieces.
#beaumarismodern #clementmeadmore #clementmeadmoretheartofmidcenturydesign #deankeep #midcenturydesign #midcenturyfurnituredesign #originalmidcenturydesign #midcenturymelbourne
  • One of our most admired significant Beaumaris mid century homes is again for sale after a proposed dual occupancy development was rejected by council. The Abraham’s house was designed in 1961 by Arthur Russell (more information on our Beaumaris Modern Facebook page). The house has been designed to perfectly suit the ‘kite’ shaped block and to take in the stunning views of the bay. A sympathetic renovation would result in a stunning mid- century home in a perfect location. Contact Romana Altman from Buxton tel: 0414 804 270 #beaumarismodern #mcmbeaumaris #savethishouse @buxtonrealestategroup @buxtonsandringham @architecture_vic @modernistaustralia
  • News just in! The Heritage Council of Victoria has recommended the Grant House designed by prominent architect, Peter McIntyre in 1956, be included in the state heritage register, acknowledging just how significant this Beaumaris house is . #beaumarismodern #midcenturymodern #mcmbeaumaris #baysidecouncil @mcintyrearchitects

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Mission Statement

Beaumaris Modern is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to celebrate, educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the mid-century architecture of Beaumaris.