PUSH TO SAVE ESME'S MASTERPIECE

Earlier this month, I met with constituents to discuss 38 Grosvenor Street, Brighton. 

It was built in 1929-1930 and encompasses an unusual example of the “Tudor Revival” – a traditional style modelled on the half-timbered farm houses of England and Normandy. 

It is  worth noting that this property was designed by female builder Esme Johnson and was featured in the Australian Home Beautiful magazine in 1931.

Constituents have advised me that this house is very intact. While the original timber shingles were replaced with tiles, most of the house bears a remarkable resemblance to its built form in 1931.

The preservation of this property has considerable community support. More than 800 residents in the community have signed a petition asking for this property to be saved.

To support them, I wrote to the Planning Minister, requesting he place an Interim Heritage Overlay on the property while Heritage Victoria assesses a nomination to include it on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Below is what I sent to the Planning Minister for his consideration:

Dear Minister Wynne,

I refer to the case of 38 Grosvenor Street, Brighton, which has been earmarked for demolition to fulfil a planning proposal for two townhouses.

I write to you to request that an immediate Interim Heritage Overlay be placed on the property while Heritage Victoria assesses a nomination to include it on the Victorian Heritage Register.

This Brighton home has high local significance as it was once owned by a prominent early 20th century journalist, radio playwright and actor.

It was built in 1929-1930 and encompasses an unusual example of the “Tudor Revival” – a traditional style modelled on the half-timbered farm houses of England and Normandy. 

It is also worth noting that this property was designed by female builder Esme Johnson and was featured in the Australian Home Beautiful magazine in 1931.

Constituents have advised me that this house is very intact. While the original timber shingles were replaced with tiles, most of the house bears a remarkable resemblance to its built form in 1931.

The preservation of this property has considerable community support. More than 800 residents in the community have signed a petition, asking for this property to be saved.

Against this background, I kindly ask you to move to protect this picturesque property with an Interim Heritage Overlay as a matter of urgency.