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The event was lead by Steve Stefanopoulos, who has a Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design (Architectural History and Conservation) and was also a councillor for the City of Stonnington (2004 - 2008).
It was really a good combination because Steve had all the architectural knowledge and it was good to see exactly was meant by a barley twist column (which were common in Spanish mission styled homes) or to see a candle snuff roof, which is a tower-like roof that looks like it is a candle being extinguished by a candle snuffer.
You can just see the candle snuffer through the foliage
We saw a number of houses including Californian style bungalows and Queen Anne, English Colonial, and Spanish Mission homes.
The focus however, on this particular walk, was on the Spanish Mission homes -- many of them along the concrete clad roads which are somewhat unusual in Melbourne.
[ADVERT]Spanish mission houses filtered through from American architects' passion at that time for the legacy of the Spanish missions left by the Spaniards in places such as California and Mexico.
It was a fairly short lived style in Australian but left some extremely attractive houses. Features include whitewashed rough-cast walls, terracotta roofs, barley-sugar columns, arches and parapets with wrought iron.
This is just one of the many walks in Malvern. Others include an emphasis on Queen Anne architecture in the Gascoigne and Waverley Estates, the Malvern Mansions Heritage Walk where you will see where the Governor of Victoria once lived, and the Kooyong Heritage Walk where you will learn about the two Jacobean style mansions, Glenferrie and Thanes, and the many 1920s and 1930s homes.