The battle to save Lind House, designed by emigre architect Anatol Kagan, united mid-century enthusiasts from across the country in a battle to save the important home from demolition. Too often, important buildings are demolished and replaced with lack lustre apartments, and that’s exactly the fate the developers had planned for Lind House. But this is no ordinary home, Lind House is an important example of European Modernism in Melbourne, a building that retains many of its original features.
It was great to see so many people getting behind the campaign to save Lind House and putting pressure on the Glen Eira Council and State Government to rescue the important home from the wrecking ball that has claimed far too many modernist buildings in Australia.
The good news is that the cultural significance of Lind House has finally been recognised and it has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register. According to an article in the Herald Sun, the developer sold the house to a young family who are keen to restore and maintain the home.
The campaign to save Lind House is proof that people power can work, and that it’s worth fighting to save the things that you value in life. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to contact the council and politicians, and those at the coal face who wrote detailed submissions to secure the future of Lind House. Together we are many, so let’s keep spreading the mid-century love so that others can see the beauty of mid-century modernist design.
You can read all about the decision to heritage list Lind House here: https://architectureau.com/articles/anatol-kagan-house-receives-state-heritage-listing/