For the first time ever, St Kilda Community Housing is throwing open the doors of one of its largest rooming houses to the general public.
Seaside Lodge, at 342 Beaconsfield Parade, was built in 1917 in the Edwardian style. It remained intact until 1985, when a fire swept through both the front and the back buildings. The back building was completely destroyed and could not be salvaged but the front building retained much of its original structure. The building remained damaged for two years, when the then Ministry of Housing purchased the building and set about restoring the front building and rebuilding the back section.
Seaside after the fire
When these works were completed, the property was handed over to the St Kilda Rooming House Issues Group (now St Kilda Community Housing, SCH) for them to manage on behalf of the Ministry. All up, the two buildings accommodated 59 people in single rooms with shared facilities.
It continued to be run as a traditional rooming house until 2010, when the building was gradually emptied to make way for a new redevelopment of both buildings into self-contained units for SCH residents. The redevelopment was officially launched by the then Housing Minister, Wendy Lovell, in 2012. There are now 36 people living in the two buildings.
Seaside Lodge has gone from being an extremely difficult property to manage to one of our best properties. There is very little turnover in tenants and a very high level of satisfaction.
Come and join us on September 6th for Open Day at 342 Beaconsfield Parade. We’ll be offering hot dogs and drinks as well as guided tours of this magnificent rooming house. The action takes place between 12.00-2.00pm. Call 9534 1809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.