Historic Avalon Mansion Demolished

REGULAR Grand Prix racegoers may notice the historic and former heritage-protected Avalon mansion, near the 13th turn at the bottom of Albert Park Lake, in Melbourne, has just been demolished.

Built in 1903, and on a massive 2323 square metre block at 70 Queens Road, Avalon was designed by prominent architect William Pitt, who also penned the Princess Theatre and Olderfleet buildings, in town, and the Denton Hat Mill building, in Abbotsford.

Avalon (pictured, right) was one of the few mansions dotted within the wider St Kilda Road precinct that survived a commercial office building boom that intensified in the 1980s, but troughed by the 1990s.

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