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Esplanade

The original meaning of esplanade was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls to provide clear fields of fire for the fortress' guns. In modern usage the space allows people to walk for recreational purposes; esplanades are often on sea fronts, and allow walking whatever the state of the tide, without having to walk on the beach. Esplanades became popular in Victorian times when it was fashionable to visit seaside resorts.

 

Seaforth, 1 Esplanade

Seaforth, 1 Esplanade

This site was formed from a subdivision of Crown Allotment 1 in ca. 1843-1846.

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New Bath Hotel, 8-11 Esplanade

New Bath Hotel, 8-11 Esplanade

The New Bath Hotel was built in April 1857 as an investment for the local businessman and politician James Stewart Johnston (1811-1896), MLA for St Kilda 1859-64.

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Esplanade Hotel, 11 Esplanade

Esplanade Hotel, 11 Esplanade

The site was created by the subdivision of Crown Allotment 2 (the previous site of the New Bath Hotel) by the estate of John Duerdin in ca. 1870.

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Acacia Cottage, 18-21 Esplanade

History of house with images will be added here shortly.

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Murweh, 18-20 Esplanade

Murweh, 18-20 Esplanade

The site formed part of Crown Allotment 7 and was purchased by Alfred Kirkpatrick in ca. 1880.

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Questa, 21 Esplanade

Questa, 21 Esplanade

This site was created by the subdivision of Crown Allotment 7 into three sections, following Andrew Kirkpatrick's purchase of Acadia Cottage from the estate of Thomas Jackson in 1880.

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Royal Hotel, 22 Esplanade

Royal Hotel, 22 Esplanade

In June 1846 Joseph Howard, proprietor of the Union hotel in Elizabeth Street, purchased Crown Allotment 8 with the intention of building a hotel facing the sea.

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Manse, 25 Esplanade

Manse, 25 Esplanade

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Hile Terrace, 26-28 Esplanade

Hile Terrace, 26-28 Esplanade

History of terrace with images will be added here shortly.

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