Stanhill Apartments
ph: Wolfgang Sievers, 1951 (source: State Library Victoria)

Site Overview

site name:
Stanhill Apartments
architect(s):
Frederick Romberg
date of commission:
1945
date of completion:
1950
address:

34 Queens Rd, Melbourne
protection status:
VicHeritage, NT

Description

Stanhill is the largest of the distinguished series of apartment buildings designed by the Swiss-educated immigrant Romberg before he entered into partnership with Roy Grounds and Robin Boyd in 1953. Regarded as Romberg’s finest work, Stanhill is a highly modelled work of reinforced concrete incorporating a complex formal pedigree. Designed in the early 1940s, its construction dragged over five years due to postwar shortages of labour, materials and finance. On completion, critical reception was mixed, its busy, sculptural appearance at odds with the rationalist tenor of the times. It has subsequently been reassessed as a striking amalgam of influences.

Stanhill Flats, Frederick Romberg
Photo: Wolfgang Sievers, 1951 (source: State Library Victoria)
Photo: Wolfgang Sievers, 1951 (source: State Library Victoria)
Photo: Wolfgang Sievers, 1951 (source: State Library Victoria)
Photo: Wolfgang Sievers, 1951 (source: State Library Victoria)
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