Robin Boyd-designed Black Rock snapped up by architect

Robin Boyd-designed Black Rock snapped up by architect
Robin Boyd-designed Black Rock snapped up by architect

Bridgford House, a Black Rock property designed by the late architect Robin Boyd, has been sold to another Melbourne architect by fellow architect Maggie Edmond, widow of the late architect Peter Corrigan.

The landmark home was bought by Melbourne University architecture lecturer Catherine Duggan and her hospitality industry partner Maz Salt, who owns popular restaurants including Belleville and Ferdyduke.

It was the home built in the mid 1950s for Charles and Phyllis Bridgford at a cost of £9,500. It ranked as Boyd's largest commission at the time.

The single-level classic home has been kept in its original state its longtime second owners although the keen sailor's dry dock boat room was converted into living space the mid-1960s by a then slightly daunted Maggie Edmond for her parents who'd bought it in 1958.

The home which has four bedrooms and a secluded paved garden with fish pond was sold by Jellis Craig agent Belinda Anderson who had a $2.7 million to $2.9 million guide. 

It was Anderson's 18th Boyd sale. There were concerns, that without heritage protection, the property designed by the Melbourne mid-century modernist architect Robin Boyd, faced demolition due to its prize 655 square metre Beach Road location facing Half Moon Bay Beach.

Built to a linear plan with all rooms facing north, modernist devotees marvelled the sheer cleverness of Boyd's craft still on view; the inbuilt cabinetry, dividing kitchen shelving, an indoor to outdoor dining table and groundbreaking walls of glazing.

This article first appeared in The Weekend Australian.

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