Exploring England Studley Park Modern

Timeline Part Three: the post-war era

1946            Howard Pettigrew commissions student architects Robin Boyd and Keith Pethebridge (who knew Pettigrew from their time in the Army Survey Corps) to design house in Redmond St. Short of materials and concerned about Council size restrictions, the a house was designed to be built in two stages...see Peter Wille photo on state library website at http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab55840


1957           Opening of the Studley Park Kindergarten, visible at the top of Yarra street, still under construction


The development of Studley Park as a hub of modernist architecture can be attributed to its close proximity to the Yarra River and the city centre, its historical isolation from rail and tram routes, and, as a consequence, the slow pace of subdivision of the many very large private estates in the area.

Construction of the Yarra Boulevard in 1933, extensive drainage works by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works during the 1950s and construction of Yarravale Road and Yarra Street in the late 1950s made available previously inaccessible land close to the river. See further photos of construction of Stawell and Yarra Streets taken by C Stuart Tompkins and held at Boroondara library.