Lost Melbourne – Shell Corner No 1.

This is a great shot by #MarkStrizic often used to illustrate stories about #WhelanTheWrecker but I always wondered what building it was – then I noticed the little shell under the window and yes it was the c1905 Shell Corner, on the corner of Bourke & William Streets. Ha! It was demolished in the mid 1950s to make way for what was then the super modern, all-air conditioned 17 storey Shell Corner, designed by US architects #SkidmoreOwingsAndMerrill, with locals #BuchanLairdAndBuchan. It was in turn demolished about 1990 for a #HarrySeilder tower that never happened, remaining vacant until the rather dull complex there now was completed 2008, designed by #batessmart; at least it’s got a nice sort of laneway #goldsboroughlane. 1st Image from the 2009 Strizic book, 2nd via Facebook, 3rd @library_vic, 4th #skyscrapercentre, last @museumsvictoria

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