Romany's Former Police Station Home

Romany's Former Police Station Home

Janel Laban
Sep 5, 2013

Name: Romany
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Our apartment is in the former Melbourne city Police Station building which was built in 1942. After being left vacant for about a decade, the building was redeveloped as apartments in 2002. As to be expected, these were pretty bland, featuring cream walls and slightly odd custard-colored powder-coated windows. We moved into our apartment last year and tried to breathe new life into it, with a respectful nod to its art deco past...

Every single piece of furniture was purchased on eBay and lovingly restored. We painted the windows in the living room with a special paint that had iron filings in it so they now look more like the original iron ones. We also reconfigured the apartment, creating a new mezzanine floor above the kitchen and installing a proper staircase instead of the tiny spiral one that was there before. Because the living room was quite wide, but very shallow, putting a staircase in along one of the side walls worked really well in that it made the room seem less wide and therefore gave it the illusion of it being a bit longer.

Thanks for the look inside your home, Romany!

(Images: Submitted by Romany)

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