Macquarie has lodged plans for a 12-level, 91-unit apartment complex at 70 Queens Road, near the Sebel Hotel. The tower won’t include the 105-year-old Avalon mansion, one of the only surviving homes designed by prominent architect William Pitt.
Pitt’s most significant projects in Melbourne include the Princess Theatre and the Olderfleet buildings in the city, and Abbotsford’s Denton Hat Mill building.
A permit to demolish Avalon has been approved by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and is active until December next year.
A City of Port Phillip spokeswoman said the council would make a decision about Macquarie’s application next month.
The move by Macquarie bucks a recent trend by developers to incorporate mansions into the design of their high-rise apartment blocks.
Examples include the Grosvenor mansion at 55 Queens Road, the Mansion at 83 Queens Road, and Warwillah (572 St Kilda Road), Majella (473 St Kilda Road) and Airlie (452 St Kilda Road).