Discovering Paul’s Family Mansion

by Anna Buckley

Pauls Family Mansion

A funny thing happened when we were driving around looking for examples of mid century modern architecture.

It had become rather a frustrating day. We had driven around my home town Melbourne, looking in Ivanhoe and Kew for houses to photograph, sure that bright modernist architectural gems would be around every corner. Sadly we only found one and even then it was a back view almost entirely hidden by trees. A detour off Studley Park Road saw us driving past a beautiful old gold rush era mansion.

‘Stop’ I screamed at my husband, ‘this is it.’ He looked at me incredulously, wondering what the hell I was on about.

Standing before me was a mansion that looked exactly as I had imagined Paul’s family home to be. This would be the house that Christina’s mother in-law lived in. A place where her wedding, in the garden, to Paul Brown would take place and where, eventually she would find herself living.

We had chanced upon Villa Alba. Unfortunately it was closing so we were unable to have a look inside and would have to wait another month for it’s next opening.

As we were driving home I thought about what a good result we’d achieved even if it wasn’t my original intention.

When have you set out to do something only to find a slight change in direction takes you on a completely different path and gives you an unexpected result?

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