The future of Australia's Character Homes
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- House Histories
"Houses built in or before 1946 are to be retained, and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style."
"New houses are to be designed to fit in with the character of the street."
"In October of 1995, Council introduced a blanket layer of protection over suburbs where the majority of homes had been built before the end of World War II." (DCP overlay)
For example, In Melbourne:
"Many people think that Brisbane’s old-style timber homes with their shady verandahs and tin roofs, which line the hilly streets of inner suburbs like Paddington, are the essence of ‘Brisbane’. (for example, the beauty and quirkiness of Brisbane and its people)
"Character homes are an important component of neighbourhood identity and vibrancy and retaining them also helps meet greenest city goals."
|Protecting Character Homes? From THE AGE|
"From churches and worker’s cottages, Queenslanders and traditional corner stores, to Californian bungalows and pre-federation houses, Brisbane’s heritage and character buildings reflect the best of Australian architecture and the city’s local history.
Secretary of the Beaumaris Conservation Society, Chris Sutton has been fighting local inappropriate development for years.
He is delighted his south-eastern suburb has been given the protection of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) and that battles at VCAT over future developments may be over.
|Character porch details|
|Character Homes in Brisbane QLD|
|Conserve or demolish?|
Brisbane City defines four groups of Heritage and Character building types:
|Overlay||What is the intent?||What are the rules?|
|1.||Traditional building character overlay|
(known as the Demolition control precinct in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
|Maintain traditional character in streets where there are houses built in or before 1946. Examples are traditional timber and tin Queenslanders and 1920’s masonry art deco buildings.||Houses built in or before 1946 are to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.|
New houses are to be designed to fit in with the character of the street.
|2.||Commercial character building overlay|
(known as the Commercial character building area classification in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
|Allow a range of compatible uses to take place in traditional corner shops.||Commercial character buildings are to be retained and any extensions or alterations are to complement the traditional building style.|
Compatible uses such as small shops, offices and services may be located in Commercial character buildings even when in zones where these uses would not otherwise be allowed, such as residential zones.
|3.||Pre-1911 building overlay||Retain houses built before 1911. In some cases they may be relocated to another suitable location.||Houses built before 1911 are to be retained and any extensions should not alter the original parts of the house.|
Where a pre-1911 house is located in a zone that is not intended for houses, for example an Industrial zone or the High density residential zone, the house may be relocated to another house lot that is in the Traditional building character overlay.
(known as Heritage places in Brisbane City Plan 2000)
|Protect specific buildings and places of heritage significance. Heritage places can be of local, state, national or world heritage significance.||Heritage places are to be retained and restored to preserve their heritage value. Development on sites next to heritage places should not impact the values of the heritage place.|
- Reference Source
The Second World War (1939-1945) stopped most housing
|Characater Arts and Crafts streetscape in Vancouver, Canada|
construction (by 1940) until military operations ceased, since all available resources were re-directed for the war effort.
In 1945-1946 the remaining members of the armed forces were demobilised and returned to their home towns.
Refugees also flowed into the newer population centres such as Canada and Australia.
|Capitalising on a Queensland Federation-style character home|
|Stately Federation home from Nelson Road, Lindfield|
|New homes and renovations in character areas must fit in with other homes in thestreet.|
|A total 2475 pre-1900s Brisbane homes have so far been identified by Brisbane City Council as bieng worthy of protection ...|
|One of the homes at Real Ave, Norman Park|
|Demolition or De-construction?|
|A Brisbane Character Home streetscape|
|Evolution of the Queenslander housing styles|
|A "classic Federation" home|
|154 old canterbury road summer hill nsw 2130|
|36 Howard Street, Canterbury, NSW 2193|
|44 Alfred Street, Annandale, NSW 2038|
|18 Bungonia Street Narrabundah ACT|
|Nadine and Antolin's classic Canberra home|
|Small period homes are surging in value across inner Melbourne.|
|Smaller houses in Melbourne's north and inner west.|
|Map Figure 4.8 Median house price (June 2012) by suburb, within the City of Melbourne|
|SET on 470sq m this home at 277 Bellerine St, Geelong will go to auction. Picture: reales|
|18 Franklin Street, West Hobart, Tas 7000|
|Elboden St, South Hobart|
|54 Clare Street, New Town TAS|
|Glenelg North - Eleanor Miller & Kasia Ozog, The Messenger|
|Cockatoo Valley Source:adelaidenow|
|McLaren Vale Source:adelaidenow|
|Old Noarlunga Source:adelaidenow|
|Kensington Gardens Source:adelaidenow|
|St Peters Source:adelaidenow|
|Glenelg East Source:adelaidenow|
|Glenelg North Source:adelaidenow|
|North Perth. Renovated three-bedroom 1920s home|
|Claremont. 1910 Federation heritage Sold: March 2015.|
|Perth's more unassuming suburbs.|
|Photo: Ignorant Armies|
|252 Walcott Street, Menora|
|50 Lilly Street, South Fremantle|
|1 Jaraba Avenue, Gooseberry Hill|