Boroondara Municipal Wide Gap Study

Heritage Gap Study

Boroondara City Council

Image: a terrace row in Evansdale Road, Hawthorn, part of the Rookery Estate Precinct.

Located in Melbourne’s east, the City of Boroondara (Council) has a rich and diverse history, with a layering of built and natural heritage in its historic homes, commercial buildings, parks and gardens, monuments and plaques.

In 2016, Council sought to identify and protect this heritage through a proactive program that would see over 20,000 properties assessed for their heritage value, as part of a municipal wide heritage gap study. Context, in collaboration with Trethowan Architecture, have been undertaking this study for Council since its inception.

A fine example of the interwar Moderne style, in the Boulevarde Estate and Environs Precinct, Kew East.

Assessments have been undertaken suburb-by suburb, with our consultants conducting surveys of each street to ensure that the study contains the most exhaustive and conclusive results. Recognising the integral and much-loved differences that distinguish each suburb in Boroondara, the study considered a broad range of periods and types of heritage, including residential, commercial, community buildings and mid-twentieth-century built heritage.

Members of Context’s team have since appeared as Council’s expert witness at Panel Hearings to implement recommendations of the study—most recently implemented were those study findings for the suburbs of Camberwell and Canterbury.