Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mandalay, St Kilda

Mandalay, St Kilda

On the Upper Esplanade in St Kilda there are two identical blocks of flats called Mandalay.

By the 1990s they had become very run-down and could quite easily have become a target for demolition. However through community action the flats were saved and now they are wonderful showcase of St Kilda's (and Melbourne's) Art Deco heritage.

The balconies that had been enclosed were opened up. The facade repaired and repainted and the glass in the central doors and windows brought back to their original glory.

A new metal fence was constructed using the patterns from the leadlight windows.

Mandalay, St Kilda

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