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Architectural Model - Cairo Flats, Fitzroy Object Reg. No: SH 891676

Model of Cairo Flats, Nicholson Street, Fitzroy. Designed by Best Overend, the Cairo flats were built in 1935. Robin Boyd wrote in "Australia's Home" in 1952, 'The bachelor flat, of one or two rooms packed with labour-saving devices, made its first appearance in 'Cairo' in Fitzroy in 1935, a Functional-ist courtyard block designed by Best Overend, just returned from three years' experience with Wells Coates, the English exponent of the Minimum flat.' (274)

The model was made by Raspberry Studio, South Australia, in 1989. It was donated to Museum Victoria for display in the exhibition 'Home Sweet Home: Changes in Victorian Domestic Architecture, 1839 - 1989'.
Model depicts a block of 28, one-bedroom flats. A two-storey, red brick and concrete U-shaped block, with flat roof, concrete walkways and cantilevered concrete balconies and staircases. The block is set in gardens and surrounded by a brick fence.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Darren Overend - Best Overend & Partners Pty. Ltd., 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1390 mm (Height), 800 mm (Width), 1025 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: architectural models, architecture, building industry, house building, housing, scale models, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Cairo Flats, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
Secondary Classification: Architectural Design
Tertiary Classification: models
Model Scale: 1:50
Modelmaker: Raspberry Studio, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1989
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1989
Place & Date Made: 1989

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