This is Phylstan, a streamline house in St Kilda East.
I like the use of contrasting dark brown bricks for the base of the house and as decoration in two bands around the roofline. The stepped chimney is also constructed from these dark bricks and the two-tone decoration is continued in the low wall surrounding the front garden.
To the right of the entrance the house has a beautiful curve and a curved glass window which I assume looks out from the loungeroom.
The curve is echoed in the concrete shelter of the porch which also bears an interesting design of repeating semi-circles which is reminiscent to woodwork I have seen on the verandahs of older Victorian and early Edwardian weatherboard houses in inner other inner Melbourne suburbs.
At the rear of the house there is this matching double garage. A planning permit sign attached to the fence indicates a proposed extension including the demolition of the garage. Which is a shame.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.