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Barrett Apartments
Burwood Road , Hawthorn

The Past

This building was named in honour of Thomas Barrett, a former mayor of Hawthorn and Edith Annie Barrett, a previous owner of the site. Thomas Barrett was a councillor from 1883 to 1890. During his term as mayor, on 7 th August 1888, the foundation stone for the new Town Hall was laid amidst the rubble of the partly demolished old building. The new Town Hall was opened with a grand ball in October 1889, in time for the proclamation of Hawthorn as a city in 1890.

Edith Annie Barrett acquired this site in 1905. Part of a much larger block extending to Glenferrie Road to the west and the railway station to the north, it even incorporated the 'Right of Way' from the site to Serpells Lane, which will now be used as the building's car entry point. Edith eventually sold the land in 1943, whereupon a guest house was built. This was converted to a reception centre in 1965 and was next sold to the Commonwealth in 1972 for use by Telecom. Telstra sold the site to Pembroke Development Corporation on 28 th June 2001.

The Present

The present-day site houses the 'barrett apartments', a 13 storey, 148 unit project of studio, one and two bedroom apartments. These are very modern and minimalist in style, designed with the younger generations of the eastern suburbs in mind. Only 20 apartments remain unsold and the building is due for completion by the end of April 2005.

You are invited to travel by lift to the penthouse of the Barrett Apartments, the first 12 level development of its kind in Hawthorn, and see your own homes, other Boroondara landmarks and the city skyline from one of the highest vantage points in the eastern suburbs. Photography is permitted.