2020, English, Photograph edition: Front Elevation Detail of the Former Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Balacalva Road, North Caulfield raaen99

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Front Elevation Detail of the Former Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Balacalva Road, North Caulfield
 
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  • 2020-01-21 16:00:49
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  • Front Elevation Detail of the Former Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Balacalva Road, North Caulfield
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  • raaen99
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  • 2020-01-21 16:00:49
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  • Built in 1926, the former Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church on Balacalva Road in North Caulfield was designed by London born Melbourne architect, Robert Joseph Haddon.The former Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church important architecturally as it is an example of a building which is transitioning from Gothic design into the Arts and Crafts eclectic manner Joseph's incorporation of the Arts and Crafts style with the traditional Gothic style is evident in the facade of the former Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church. The fusion of styles marks a transition in Melbourne's church architecture, where the traditional proportions become reinvented through exterior and interior details. The outside of the former Saint Stephens is softened by the use of red brick and stucco, with a striking cement cross that divides the façade symmetrically. Joseph also appropriates the verticality of gothic windows, dividing the internal space into smaller vertically stacked lead rectangles throughout. The facade treatment successfully combines Christian symbols with Gothic forms in the Arts and Crafts style more successfully than the Malvern Presbyterian Church or the Archangel Michael and St Anthony's Coptic Orthodox Church in Oakleigh.Today Saint Stephen's Presbyterian Church still serves as a place of worship, but is now the home of an Indonesian Christian Church of Melbourne. Robert Joseph Haddon (1866 –1929) was born in London where he trained in the 1880s before emigrating to Australia in 1889 at the age of 25. After working at several different firms, he weathered the Melbourne property crashes of the 1890s and finally established his own architectural firm in 1902. He was an important figure in the architectural profession in Victoria, championing the Arts and Crafts Movement and ideals in his writing and teaching. He designed some of the most original buildings of the period, featuring restraint, balanced asymmetry and Art Nouveau details. These include &​quot;Milton House&​quot; in Flinders Lane in 1901, &​quot;Eastbourne House&​quot; the home of Doctor Samuel Peacock on Wellington Parade in East Melbourne in 1903, the Malvern Presbyterian Church in 1906, his own house &​quot;Anselm&​quot; at 4 Glenferrie Street in Caulfield in 1907, &​quot;The Bungalow&​quot; in Burke Road East Malvern in 1907, &​quot;Laureston&​quot; in Marshall Avenue East Kew in 1907, the Yarraville State Savings Bank in 1909, the Fourth Victoria Building, at 273 Collins Street which he remodeled in 1912, Saint Stephens Presbyterian Church in 1926 and Archangel Michael and St Anthony's Coptic Orthodox Church in Oakleigh in 1928.
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