Fairfax Media has chosen not to publish the property’s address amid ongoing discussions about its future sale.The Stonnington Council letter, dated earlier this week, informed the vendors their property had been identified “as having significance and warranting heritage protection” because the architecture was influenced by the work of Walter Burley Griffin.
The six-bedroom house at 177 Kooyong Road was bought for .19 million in 2010 but sold for slightly more than .8 million seven years later.“This house is one of series of important designs by architect J F W Ballantyne, who played a key role in disseminating Griffin’s ideas,” the letter said. “I’ve bought over 1000 homes and I’ve never seen anything like this.Buyers’ advocate Mal James, who had planned to bid on the property on behalf of a client, said buyers were only interested in building a new house on the site. “To be cherry picking one-off homes and then telling them two days before an auction — with no previous warning — that their home is going to have a heritage overlay that will destroy the auction,” he said.After their introduction into Europe, towards the close of the fourth century, they began to flourish also in the West, particularly in Gaul, where tradition ascribes the foundation of many religious houses to St. Cassian the great organizer of monachism in Gaul, founded a famous convent at Marseilles, at the beginning of the fifth century, and from this convent at a later period, St. 542) called his sister Caesaria, and placed her over a religious house which he was then founding at Arles. Benedict is also said to have founded a community of virgins consecrated to God, and to have placed it under the direction of his sister St.Scholastica, but whether or not the great Patriarch established a nunnery, it is certain that in a short time he was looked upon as a guide and father to the many convents already existing.