Sunday, 23 August 2009

The A to Z of 2205 : Fairview St

Fairview St runs between Fripp St and Wolli Creek Road. It was named after "Fairview", the Wollongong Rd home of Alexander Milsop. Milsop was the first Mayor of neighbouring municipality, Hurstville.

Below: Looking down Fairview St from Wolli Creek Rd.

Below: Political viewpoints near Wilson Rd

Below: Feed the birds at Wilson Rd

Below: The back of Macquarie Lodge, the Salvation Army Aged Care residence which fronts on Wollongong Rd - the former grand house 'Dapeto' is part of the complex.

Below: These boats seem permanently parked in the street.

Below: Front yard sculptural installation

Below: Olive trees aren't a common front yard tree, but these ones look terrific in front of a traditional California Bungalow.

Below: Plastic bottle tree?

Below: Garden at the corner of Fripp St

Below: Looking back up Fairview St from Fripp St

Saturday, 22 August 2009

The A to Z of 2205 : Eve St

It has taken a fair while between posts to get this street up. Eve St has lots of interest to me, mainly because it is adjacent to some fascinating wetlands.

Eve St was named after an early landowner in the area, Benjamin Eve.

In inner urban Sydney there are some remnant natural habitats which have been degraded over the years. It's always a battle to protect them, and the Eve St salt marsh wetlands are no exception. They are bordered by a motorway and recreational lands, including a bike path and golf range. Efforts have been made in more recent years to rehabilitate them. They provide a haven for local and international birds who come to feed and rest there.

I am not sure of its status at the moment; last time I was there access was denied (officially).

Eve St also has a bikepath along it which I've ridden a few times. It connects Marsh St with the continuation of the path to Kyeemagh and Botany Bay. [In the other direction you can reach Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush and Ryde].

The entrance to Eve St is from busy Marsh St, just near the Wickham St intersection, or from Brennans Rd off West Botany St. It is a no-through road at its southern end, where the cycleway continues along the Barton Park Golf Range.

We'll start our look at Eve St from the Marsh St end.

Below: Looking along Eve St from Marsh St

Below: Looking slightly northeast from Marsh St across the reserved land towards the M5 motorway

Below: Looking southeast from the corner you can see the Arncliffe fire station, on West Botany St/Wickham St intersection

Below: Across that patch of grass in the photo above, visible in the adjacent backyard is this old sandstone outbuilding:

Below: Looking towards Marsh St from near the elbow bend in Eve St:

Below: Part of the way along this stretch is Eve St Reserve

Below: The M5 from Eve St Reserve

Below: Eve St Reserve on the right, and straight ahead the cycleway where it joins Eve St, having come under the M5 from Marsh St.

Below: Looking across to the reserve from the end of the cycleway

Below: Images of the cycleway as it curves under the M5

Below: The wetlands from the cycleway

Below: The Wetlands

Below: Access denied

Below: The wetlands

Below: Looking along Eve St towards the cycleway (which joins at right at the bottom)

Below: Enjoying the cycleway

Below: From the crest of the hill, looking north

Below: Looking south over the golf driving range

Below: And the cycleway continues towards Botany Bay

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The A to Z of 2205: Esdaile Steps

This delightfully verdant set of stairs enables one to get up the ridge towards Forest Rd from the lower elevation Station Street. Towards the top of the steps is the modernist house. The steps and path link Station St and Esdaile Place.

A couple of years ago, one of Sydney's most well known architects, Harry Seidler, died. He was the architectof more than one controversial project, none more so than Blues Point Tower on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour. However, before all that, between 1958 and 1960, he built an ultra modernist house for his prents. This became a very influential house. In the 1960s, many such houses were built in suburban areas. Unlike today's huge McMansions, they were often small, fuctional, with clean lines. As far as I know, this house is the only example of the type of 1960s modernist architecture in my area. Love it, or hate it, it is an example of an era, and I suspect that this one won't survive much longer - many have already been demolished to make way for the larger houses demanded today.