Heritage Report And Conservation Management Plan
Preshil’s distinguished learning environment at Arlington occupies a rare and significant place in the cultural heritage of Victoria. The original allotment dates to the earliest subdivisions of Hawthorn and Kew, and since Margaret (Greta) Lyttle purchased the 10 room brick residence ‘Arlington’ in 1937, eight new buildings have been carefully built on the land. The synergy of buildings, gardens, trees and playground spaces which we see and experience today not only distinguishes the school’s vision, but also design collaborations between Preshil children and the Melbourne architect Kevin Borland (1926-2000) from 1959.
In 1972, the totality of this achievement was recognised in Preshil receiving the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Bronze Medal, that profession’s highest honour. In 2005, Preshil was included in the Victorian Heritage Register as a place of architectural, social and historical significance to the state of Victoria.
Our Conservation Works Program enables the school to care for its heritage assets within the context of a prioritised supporting conservation strategy in the short, medium and long term. It is integrated into our strategy to ensure the longevity of its heritage significance and the architectural integrity of the Kevin Borland buildings. Preshil’s Building Fund and fundraising strategy focus on the completion of this capital works plan.