Pittard Residence 430 Mt Pleasant Rd Colour 2 - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is Significant? The 1978-79 adobe house and the surrounding site to the title boundaries.
How is it Significant? The house is architecturally and historically significant to the Shire of Nillumbik
Why is it Significant? The house is architecturally and historically significant because it was designed by the prominent 'Eltham-style' architect, Alistair Knox, and is an important and particularly innovative example of Knox's later work (Criteria H & F). Like many Eltham-style buildings, the house features the use of mud brick and recycled materials (Criterion D).
BICK STUDY, 1992
The Pittard residence is one of the most innovative adobe dwellings constructed in the four decades following the Second World War period and an important late work of Alistair Knox, their leading designer. These buildings characterised the Shire of Eltham during that period and with Montsalvat are the reason for Eltham being widely known in the general community. The curved plan shape and single plane roof rising up over the living area to the double storey end section are of particular note. The Pittard residence is also an excellent example of the owners being involved in the construction of their dwelling.