There’s a lot that feels magical about the residence at 24 Lister Road, in Melbourne’s Kew East. Designed and designed by proprietor-architect Keith Lodge, it capabilities all the features of a coveted home from the modernist era – from its use of geometric glass to its incredible framework, elevated higher than floor by a standard steel frame.
But possibly even more unique is the story at the rear of it, having been lived in and cherished by Keith’s loved ones for an amazing six a long time. Right up until now!
‘Our father made and developed this dwelling in 1959,’ a single of the vendor’s young children Fiona Lodge says. ‘He was a youthful enthusiastic architect who conceived the residence at the age of 26, which has become additional remarkable to me in my adult a long time, for him to show these a daring and nonetheless helpful dwelling, which frankly has stood the test of time.’
It was at first crafted as a ‘humble’ two-bedroom home set in farm-like surrounds and unmade streets, with sights by means of to the Yarra River and past. ‘As the precinct matured and grew, so did the household and in turn the residence,’ Fiona explains.
In 1967, the dwelling was extended out to the east with two extra bedrooms, and in 1973 a playroom and two more bedrooms have been additional in an under croft which is joined to the primary living floor by a spiral stair. Within timber characteristics provide further heat and charm, whilst an first 12ft granite wall that includes an open fireplace has been the literal coronary heart of the residence for the loved ones to collect all around.
The house owners say its robust architectural bones have been tailored to present day living around the final 60 yrs, even shifting the inside color schemes of the 4-bed room dwelling several instances. But one particular of the Lodge’s favorite attributes is the facade and triangular home windows, which body the 1575 square metre block’s set up indigenous gardens.
‘To feel that the beautiful, landscaped back garden that looks far more like parkland, was planted by our moms and dads, each and every one tree,’ she adds. ‘Unbeknown to me, as a child, we had been living amongst the treetops, with views throughout parkland, within suburban Kew. Our father hardly ever drained of pointing out: that no window was the identical, the way the light would stream by means of the home windows at the ideal time of the working day and the magical feeling of dwelling within just the treetops. He employed to say, “look we are living in a tree house”.’
Now, the nostalgic Lodge Residence is ultimately on the sector, and the family’s hoping to hand the residence around to another person who will cherish it for many years to arrive!