Higher density living in inner-suburbs is all the rage with planners these days. But before it was fashionable, and at a time when Melbourne’s middle and outer suburbs were expanding out and flat, Travancore was bucking the trend and embracing the higher densities needed during World War II. Shirley Court Flats were the first multi-unit housing in Travancore and proved that density does not require sacrificing style. The flats combine gabled and curved forms, as well as the neo-Tudor, Moderne and Bungalow styles. The flats were designed by James Wardrop, the architect of the Shrine of Remembrance. They were built by GH Limb, owner of Rosanna Sand quarries.