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.