Hoopers Drapery now Mariana Hardwick’s

#MarianaHardwick’s #weddingdress superstore more or less carries on the function it was built for in 1908, as Hooper’s #Drapery. Designed by the prolific brothers #TompkinsAndTompkins, in the #tallarchedredbrickRomsnesque style mostly seen in Flinders Lane warehouses- but they also used it in the same year for Dimmeys Richmond, another suburban #departmentstore. This one noted for the architecture of course, and the #verandah held up by curly hanging bracket things. I think the shopfronts are from the 30s. Mariana saved it in 2005 from a proposal to leave just the facade and built 5 levels of apartments setback with just a gap (!) because they could squeeze more in that way. Not really #heritagepreservation. Oh ! She sold it 4 years ago, and going to decamp to South Melbourne ! Calling all sensitive developers – @nightingale.housing ? Though actually it’s currently fully leased, a row of shops lots of businesses upstairs.

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