HCV Champion Road Estate Precinct, Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The Housing Commission of Victoria Champion Road Estate Heritage Precinct, which comprises all land in HO15 and generally includes properties bounded by Champion Road, Edina Street and Park Crescent, North Williamstown.
How is it Significant?
The Housing Commission of Victoria Champion Road Estate Heritage Precinct is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobsons Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, it is significant for its strong associations with the Housing Commission of Victoria as an early example of a model estate using 'garden city' principles, which illustrates the Housing Commission of Victoria reaction to local criticism of its early slum reclamation activities by the erection of substantial brick houses with integral parkland. (AHC criteria A4 and H1)
Aesthetically, it is significant as one of the best preserved early Housing Commission of Victoria estates, which is notable for its strong visual homogeneity that is evocative of the construction period and is derived from the intact standard housing types and the curving street layout around a central park. (AHC criterion B2 and E1)
On this basis, the following places and other elements contribute to the significance of the precinct:
- Cerberus Crescent (odd) 1-31, (even) 2-6
- Champion Road (odd) 63, 65, 71-81
- Edina Street (odd) 1-5 and 27-29 (even) 2-34
- Park Crescent (even) 2-44
- Bluestone and concrete kerb and channeling and concrete road construction.
- Central park and public realm landscaping including mature Ash trees.
Please note that some heritage places within this precinct may also have an individual citation in this Study.