In Beaumaris, a fight to protect the suburb’s famed modernist architecture is renewed

The mid-century Beaumaris living room of Annie Price and Jamie Paterson. Photo: Eve Wilson
This vibrant, joyful family home in Beaumaris has been a labour of love for mid-century design enthusiasts Annie Price and Jamie Paterson, and their daughter Dorothy (Dottie), aged 5. Photo: Eve Wilson
2X Haydens Road by Mockridge Stahle and Mitchell, is still standing and retains much of the mid-century aesthetic. Photo: Derek Swalwell
Burgess house in Beaumaris. Photo: Derek Swalwell


It wasn’t exactly a scene of anger-charged citizens wielding pikes and intent on physically defending their patch – but the hundreds who turned out for the relaunch of a period housing preservation group in Beaumaris last week have the same objective.

Wearied of watching the destruction of some of the Modernist architectural gems — that from the 1950s turned Beaumaris into a laboratory of architectural experimentation and one of the greatest concentrations of unique, mid-century homes in Australia — the Beaumaris Modern group launched its official website and told the crowd that with so little heritage protection, it is going to be up to collective action to save what’s left.