Chart House c1940 and Melbourne House 1923, Little Bourke Street

Chart House c1940, architect unknown – pretty radical for 1940, looks so 50s, except for the #steelframedwindows, with opening leaves, 50s would be aluminium frames. I don’t love it, but it’s very interesting. Rather oddly the heritage study by @lovellchen says the front was altered in the 50s, but the side wasn’t, so only the side is worth preserving (😮). Seems highly unlikely the front would be altered too much only 10 years after construction. Checking out the original drawings in the archives would sort this out. Proposed to be facaded for an 18 storey hotel.

Melbourne house isn’t the most exciting building ever, but it’s 1923, and fits in fine with the proposed #HardwareLane #heritageprecinct, which should start right here, but no this one was left out. Also no height limit. So late last year bought for $30 mill, then a 35 storey hotel proposed, now its 20, but really, enough already !

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