When it comes to iconic buildings of the 1950’s and 60’s, the homes
designed by Melbourne based architects Chancellor and Patrick are
arguably amongst the best. Starting their architectural practice in the
bayside suburb of Frankston in 1954, the firm took inspiration from
the ‘International style’ and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright.
Larrakeyah, sometimes referred to as the Butterfly House, was constructed
in 1955 for Ellen and Gerald McCraith and is situated on a hillside in the
seaside suburb of Dromana. Sharing similarities with McIntyre’s ‘River House’,
Larrekeyah is an ode to the post-war optimism that brought with it a desire to
leave the dark past behind in favour of colour, simplicity and a better way of living.
The house was arguably a bold move by a couple of young guns, who along with
Boyd and Grounds, were seen as a part of the Melbourne avant-garde set (see Percival).
Apart from designing many modernist homes, including the
Rothel house (pictured above), the firm also designed a number of commercial
builds that include the ES & A Bank in Elizabeth St, Melbourne (pictured below)
which was recently converted into a 12 level residential tower called the
Q Apartments. Commissions also include Brotherhood of St Laurence
(Carrum Downs), Frankston Hospital public ward block and the Student Union
Building Latrobe University.
If you would like to know more about the architectural firm of
Chancellor and Patrick, then check out the Modern in Melbourne website
for a detailed list of their projects or listen to an interview with David Chancellor
on the Radio National program ‘By Design”.
The Bayside Architectural Trail website also has a list of Important buildings
by Chancellor and Patrick, as well as iconic buildings by Boyd, Grounds
For more information see the following links:
From bold modernist visions, a future built on hope by Lindy Percival
Studley Park Modern (Chancellor and Patrick)