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.
In mid 2017, we officially launched Beaumaris Modern as a not-for-profit, incorporated community association.
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 our inaugural A Very Mid Mod Christmas Party.
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 tours to Palm Springs in subsequent years.
We then had another successful Beaumaris Modern member outing, on the train to Bendigo to the Marimekko exhibition.
We were then 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.
Now we were on a roll and we realised our long-held dreams of hosting our inaugural OPEN event, which showcased some of our suburbs most interesting houses and a church. Expecting 250, our 2018 OPEN attracted an attendence of over 450, with Melbourne’s weather providing a perfect spring day.
We enjoyed two amazing launch events for the release of the Beaumaris Modern book by Fiona Austin.
And cap things off for the festive season we celebrated our successful year with an even bigger and better Christmas Party in December, featuring Benny & the Flybynighters.
For 2019, we have planned two amazing events for the Australian Heritage Festival:
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.
Unfortunately we’ve also had a rollercoster ride as we lost an irreplaceable gem by Chancellor & Patrick at 27 Mariemont Avenue. And the bitterest moment was when 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. In vetoing the study and a traditional heritage process, Bayside Council’s Voluntary Nomination Heritage scheme has been a political farce and in choosing this path Council have even admitted that they fail to meet their statutory obligations.
Therefore Beaumaris Modern, with support from the National Trust, Heritage Victoria and other advocacy groups, have renewed their efforts to fight for the 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. The tide seems to be turning with 2018 & 2019 seeing a number of significant MCM homes purchased by sympathetic buyers and others nominated for protection.
We are indebted to our wonderful members and our committee, who have worked tirelessly to organise all our events and speak at Counci meetings and VCAT.
We are all united in our passion for celebrating, educating and promoting the importance of preserving the mid-century architecture of Beaumaris.