Historic Tudor home in Victoria Park a target for demolition

This landmark property at 932-934 Albany Highway is being considered for demolition.
This landmark property at 932-934 Albany Highway is being considered for demolition.

A GRAND Victoria Park landmark sated in local history is facing demolition to make way for new offices and apartments.

The two-storey house at 932-934 Albany Highway, opposite Bravo’s Restaurant at the south end of the Albany Highway strip, was built in the late 1930s and has elements of pre-World War II English architecture specific to the Tudor revival era.

The property owners want to build a new two-storey building at the front of the 1955sqm block, with commercial offices on the ground floor and three apartments above, and have made a development application to the Town of Victoria Park.

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The building is considered to have local historical significance but not enough to ultimately guarantee its protection.

Its listing in Victoria Park’s municipal heritage inventory asks authorities to retain and conserve the property if possible or to create a photographic record prior to any redevelopment or demolition.

While opportunity to comment on the plan closed yesterday, longtime Victoria Park resident Sam Zammit pleaded with Victoria Park councillors at last night’s council meeting to fight to preserve the landmark.

“It’s our responsibility to try to protect this, it must have been an absolute beauty when it was built,” he said.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he shared Mr Zammit’s view and said the council would do what it could to save the building, which is currently used as a bridal shop.

The house was built and first lived in by a doctor, who also used it as a doctor’s surgery, giving the building historical connection to early medical practitioners in the region.

Its inventory listing describes the building as being in very good condition and representative of an Inter-War Old English architectural style that is not commonly seen in Victoria Park.

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