Yesterday I revealed my crush on Cremlin Court but today I thought I would post a little more information about Elliston Estate. It was actually named after the landscape designer Ellis Stones and includes the following streets;
Bachli, Cremin, Ferrier, Pickworth, Hartley, Nagle and Devlin Courts;
Stanton, Crampton, Phillips and Von Nida Crescents; the west side of
Finlayson Street; and Thompson Drive(all Rosanna)
From Heritage Victoria:
Merchant Builders assembled a
consultant team of award winning domestic architects in the domestic
field to design 50 basic house plans. Each purchaser would work with the
architect to achieve personal design requirements as amendments to the
basic plan. Materials were limited to a specified range.
|Elliston Estate - now Rosanna Parklands|
The architects consulted were:
* Charles Duncan (winner of the Royal Australian Institute of
Architects (Vic.) Single House award for 1965 for the Williams House, 4
Glenard Drive, Heidelberg)
* Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker (later to win the RAIA (Vic.) Bronze Medal in 1970 for Lauriston Girls School, Malvern).
* David McGlashan and Neil Everist (winners of the RAIA (Vic.) 1968 Bronze Medal for the Reed House (Heide), Bulleen).
* Graeme C. Gunn (winner of RAIA (Vic.) Single House Award for 1966).
Merchant Building Pty Ltd's own landscape designer and Ivanhoe
resident, Ellis Stones, created the general landscape concept and
consulted with individual house owners on detailed design of the front
gardens. The estate was named after him. The name of the adjacent open
space has been changed from Ellison Park to Rosanna Parklands.
For this estate
and for earlier smaller concepts, Merchant Builders Pty Ltd was given
the RAIA (Vic.) Bronze Medal in the Robin Boyd Environment Award of
1972. Unfortunately Merchant Builders' involvement at Elliston was
terminated in 1971 and the rest of the estate was sold for speculative
"The principal design
philosophy for (Elliston) estate was the integration of the building and
architectural professions to provide an integrated residential
environment. Limited heterogeneity was stressed with personal home owner
identity being expressed by house plan and finish selection, within a
given framework. Housing estates in Columbia, Valencia and Reston in the
United States and New Ash Green in England were cited as international
Ellis Stones stated the landscape philosophy ... 'Existing trees
in the estate will be left wherever possible ... and any new trees
planted will be native Australian trees. It will be a very informal
design with no formal flower beds. The landscape must be strong and
simple with one continuous flowing feeling.'
The concept embodied by Ellis Stones and the consulting architects
was also not dissimilar to Walter Burley Griffin and Frank Lloyd
Wright's planning philosophies, emphasising integration of built form
and landscape. Full height glazing and courtyards were intended to
integrate interior and exterior. The desire to eliminate footpaths by
extending the united front garden to the kerb, relates to residential
planning designs by Burley Griffin who conceived that front gardens
should be communal parks to soften the impact of the built form as
viewed from the road.
The cul-de-sac street form, limited materials and design choice,
integrated with architect consultation and a limited range of materials
were also concepts embodied in the Jennings' Beaumont Estate of 30 years
Natural stained finishes, clinker bricks and heavy beams continued
the Wright influence at Elliston, which had been popularised in Victoria
by Charles Duncan. The vogue for private courtyards, either fully or
semi enclosed, was another repeating theme. Additional features embodied
into the design of dwellings include wide overhanging eaves, pergolas
or slatted sunshades, and full height windows facing north."