St Kilda Mansions: the hidden survivors

  • Heritage

In the nineteenth century St Kilda was renowned for its beautiful mansions. Surprisingly, many still exist. Join architect Peter Johnson whilst he takes you behind the scenes to discover the hidden survivors.

Image: Couche residence, 161 Alma Road, 1872, PPCC sk0442

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a resident and practising architect in St Kilda for over 32 years. He comes from a long line of architects, engineers and builders going back at least 5 generations with various branches of his family having lived in the South Melbourne and St Kilda area since 1859.

Peter has researched and written on a range of architectural and local history subjects, and has contributed to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture.

Peter has also served on many professional, municipal and community committees including the City of Port Phillip’s Cultural Heritage Reference Group and the St Kilda Historical Society of which he was president of from 2009 to 2015.



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