54 Capel Street

54 Capel Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Stephen Hatcher
Also known as
Previous Address this site was once a single Victorian terrace dwelling before the current building. Source: from the 1895 MMBW map
Constructed
Style Late twentieth century: 1960 – 2000
Architect
Builder

Timelapse Building Images

1980s

62 Capel Street top left photo and destruction of buildings on 40 to 60 Capel Street in the 1980’s.

photo by Laurence Angwin

Land Details

  1. Current map
  2. 1895 MMBW map
  3. Compiled Crown Record Plan
  4. 1859 report of the Government Land Sale

Building Details

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Subsequent Building Alterations

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Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

The historic Victorian era building on this land has been demolished and replaced by ten 2 storey brick public housing units built around 1990.

Owners

From To Owner More Info Data Source
to date Private source: Hatcher Index
1859 Mr. James Watson, first Crown land purchaser source: Hatcher Index
abt 40 thousand years earlier 1835 Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Victoria source: Hatcher Index

Residents

From To Resident More Info Data Source
to date Private source Hatcher Index
1965 1974 Lou You source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1940 1960 “Chinese” source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1935 1935 James Lock source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1920 1930 Thomas H. Davenport source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1915 1915 Goulbourn Robinson source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1910 1910 Nathaniel N. Lowe source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1905 1905 William Banks source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1900 1900 J. Hall source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1895 1895 James Brown source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.
1890 1890 John D. Morris source: Sands & McDougall directory, transcribed by Anne Cronin in 2020.

Social History

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Context and Streetscape

Precinct

This property resides within the municipality of the City of Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge it is on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation.
source: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/history-city-of-melbourne.pdf
historical map source: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover/explore-collections-format/maps/maps-melbourne-city-suburbs

Zoning

The controls listed below affect this property:

This information must be verified with the relevant planning or heritage authority.

Streetscape

The streetscape can be characterised as a mix of Victorian and modern buildings. Eight of the original seventeen single-story Victorian terrace dwellings plus some double storey commercial buildings are on its western side, south of Victoria Street, while on the eastern side, the street retains sixteen of its original thirty-six, wider sized early Victorian, two storey terrace homes, as well as two story modern public housing townhouses.

Crossing over Victoria Street to the north on the eastern side, nineteen of the original thirty-two equally fine examples of early two storey Victoria terrace dwellings can be seen, dispersed by a small number of modern two storey buildings. Unfortunately, all twenty-two of the original Victorian terrace dwellings on the western side from Victoria to Queensberry streets have all been demolished, replaced by taller modern commercial buildings that are out of character with the existing surrounding Victorian architecture of this once predominantly single and double storey residential streetscape.

Heritage of note include two 2 storey terraces at 62 and 64, both have National Trust classifications and Heritage Victoria registrations. Two more include two single storey terraces dwellings at 81 and 83 that were designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Mr. George Raymond Johnson.

Other Information

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