With the much of the Inner North and South verminous with houses built over 55 years ago, and with that housing stock painfully inadequate to the people who want to live in those areas it seems very strange that the Canberra Times is complaining about plans made by the ANU to knock down five not so old residences, and build 57 apartments and an admin block:
- The Australian National University wants to flatten 55-year-old cottages with heritage significance to make way for medium density apartments north of Parkes Way, Acton.
Designed by the ANU’s first site planner, Professor Brian Lewis, the five cottages and home include a residence purpose-built for internationally regarded historian Professor Sir Keith Hancock and his wife Lady Hancock.
The National Trust is opposed.
The article notes in passing, and near the end, that Brian Lewis’s architectural legacy will live on in the form of University House.