Let’s talk MCM Heritage: An expert panel discussionBeaumaris Modern


Let’s talk MCM Heritage: An expert panel discussion

What makes mid-century Australian architecture so unique and worthy of heritage protection? Why are we finally appreciating modernist suburban architecture built from the 1950s through to the 1970s? Our impressive panel will be ready to answer these and many more questions.

A 1956 publication from the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects quoted Beaumaris as having “the greatest concentration of interesting houses in the metropolitan area”. Some of Australia’s best known architects designed their earliest homes here. There is now a huge groundswell of interest in these Beaumaris gems. But unfortunately, owners & developers without any knowledge of mid-century design have demolished or significantly altered houses, not understanding their long-term value nor potential for sympathetic renovation.

30 years ago, while the rest of Melbourne was busily writing heritage reports to preserve Victorian and Federation style houses and streetscapes, mid-century modern architecture was not considered. As we are still fortunate to have a pretty interesting collection surviving here in Beaumaris,  is it time to reconsider the heritage value of these unique homes?

Our expert panel includes acclaimed Architect & Educator, Peter McIntyre; Architect & Host of Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison; Founder, Modernist Australia, Patricia Callan; Academic & Author, Professor Philip Goad. And our host and moderator will be Emma Telfer, Executive Director, Open House Melbourne.

Tickets on sale from Thursday 19 April – 9am

See beaumarismodern.com.au/news-events for further details

Beaumaris Modern is a not-for-profit, community organisation with the aim of celebrating, educating and preserving mid-century modernist architecture in Beaumaris. We’ve scheduled a series of exciting events and tours through 2018, culminating in the inaugural Beaumaris Modern Open House day in Spring.

Photo: Buchanan House, by Wolfgang Sievers, Pictures Collection State Library of Victoria.

Beaumaris Modern is a 2018 Friends of the Festival supporter.


This event is featured in the Modernism theme of this year’s printed program.

Event date

Event Details

Beaumaris Bowls Club, Martin Street, Beaumaris, Victoria

Parking is available in Martin and Bodley streets


7.30pm - 10.30pm

Entry fees:
Adults $75, Members $50
Prebooking requiredhttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-talk-mcm-heritage-tickets-42113123486
Attendance limit:
Onsite facilities: