There’s a ton that feels magical about the property at 24 Lister Road, in Melbourne’s Kew East. Constructed and made by owner-architect Keith Lodge, it capabilities all the attributes of a coveted household from the modernist era – from its use of geometric glass to its wonderful composition, elevated over floor by a standard metal body.
But potentially even more unique is the tale guiding it, acquiring been lived in and cherished by Keith’s household for an extraordinary six a long time. Until eventually now!
‘Our father made and built this dwelling in 1959,’ a single of the vendor’s little ones Fiona Lodge claims. ‘He was a youthful enthusiastic architect who conceived the household at the age of 26, which has turn into additional exceptional to me in my adult yrs, for him to exhibit these a bold and still efficient house, which frankly has stood the take a look at of time.’
It was originally designed as a ‘humble’ two-bed room dwelling set in farm-like surrounds and unmade roads, with views by means of to the Yarra River and further than. ‘As the precinct matured and grew, so did the family members and in turn the household,’ Fiona points out.
In 1967, the property was prolonged out to the east with two supplemental bedrooms, and in 1973 a playroom and two more bedrooms have been included in an below croft which is linked to the most important dwelling floor by a spiral stair. Inside timber features bring further heat and appeal, while an first 12ft granite wall showcasing an open hearth has been the literal coronary heart of the dwelling for the household to assemble all over.
The house owners say its sturdy architectural bones have been adapted to contemporary living around the past 60 many years, even switching the inside color strategies of the 4-bed room household several moments. But a person of the Lodge’s favorite options is the facade and triangular windows, which frame the 1575 square metre block’s recognized native gardens.
‘To assume that the lovely, landscaped backyard that seems a lot more like parkland, was planted by our mother and father, every one tree,’ she provides. ‘Unbeknown to me, as a youngster, we were being living among the treetops, with views throughout parkland, inside of suburban Kew. Our father hardly ever tired of pointing out: that no window was the identical, the way the mild would stream as a result of the windows at the right time of the day and the magical emotion of living inside of the treetops. He applied to say, “look we stay in a tree house”.’
Now, the nostalgic Lodge House is at last on the market place, and the family’s hoping to hand the home about to a person who will cherish it for many years to arrive!