Primary School No 1479 - 2 Brighton Road, St Kilda. ST KILDA [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Primary School No 1479: 2 Brighton Road, St Kilda, ST KILDA

Primary School No 1479

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Building Profile

Name : Primary School No 1479

Location

Address: 2 Brighton Road, St Kilda
City: ST KILDA

Postcode: 3182


Construction Details

Built: 1874 - 1875
Original use: Education
Current use: Education

number of floors : 2

Built in the Victorian period in the Neo-Gothic style

Notable features

The building is Gothic style and constructed of polychrome brick with foundations of bluestone. The slope of the land made possible a basement store at the rear which is still intact. The two storey central bay incorporating the moved tower was added in 1887-88 in a sympathetic manner. The entrance of the school is emphasised by an ornamental parapet and by segmented polychrome brick arches over the door. The slate roof is still in place. The large classrooms of the original plan have been partitioned. The coved timber ceilings are intact but have been painted. The main front classroom retains its original trusses.

History

A second storey was added to the four central rooms in 1887-88, and the tower on the west facade was moved to a central position. In 1901 the galleries were removed and in 1902-03 some windows were altered. During 1919 the school opened as Brighton Road State School Emergency Hospital to cope with overcrowding in Public Hospitals due to flue epedemic patients. In 1922-23 the main school was remodelled and further additions were made

Architect: Henry Bastow




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