The Ritz Mansions on Fitzroy Street St Kilda, RBA’s much loved home for the past 15 years, is currently undergoing repair and refurbishment works to the exteriors. RBA have been closely involved with researching and documenting the works which include repainting the façades and repairs.

For the façades, a mineral paint (Keim) rather than a modern acrylic paint was selected to achieve an effect more in keeping with the original coloured render. The colours are a contemporary version of the original scheme which was determined via a paint scrape analysis.  this involved cross sectional analysis under a polarised magnified light source using the Munsell colour reference system.

Painting and repairs underway. (Source: RBA, 2017)


To the rear, the opportunity has been taken to restore the original ‘blood and bandages’ façade presentation (alternating bands of render and face brickwork).  This was been achieved by removing the acrylic paint from the brickwork.  Unfortunately this approach was not possible at the front where the brickwork has previously been fully rendered making removing it difficult without damaging the bricks. Various repairs are being carried out to damaged render, concrete and timber elements.

Rear façade with the original ‘blood and bandages’ presentation restored (Source: RBA, 2017)


The five storey Ritz Mansions was built in 1927 to a design by Ernest H Long during a time when many apartment buildings were being built in St Kilda.

St Kilda Junction in 1929, showing the Ritz Mansions (at right) soon after its completion. Photograph by C D Pratt. (Source: State Library of Victoria, accession no: H91.160/452
15 November 2017

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2023 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards

The 2023 Awards ceremony for the Victorian Australian Institute of Architects was held on Friday the 16th June.

Several representatives from RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants attended the event, where we were proud to receive an Award for Heritage Conservation for the Prahran Arcade Façade Conservation and a Commendation for Heritage – Conservation for the restoration of Doherty House in Tarneit.

Additionally, we were pleased to see Searle x Waldron receive an Award for Architecture for the Joyce Chapel Bridge and Wardle receive The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for the Bendigo Law Courts – both projects that RBA have been involved in.

Learn more about the Prahran Arcade Facade Conservation here

Learn more about the Doherty House Restoration here

Doherty House, Tarneit (Image: Thurston Empson)

Bendigo Law Courts, Wardle (Image: Tim Griffith)

Prahran Arcade (Image: Thurston Empson)

Joyce Chapel Bridge, Searle x Waldron (Image: Peter Bennetts)


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