VACC St Kilda Road

Repost 2018 (but 2nd photo this year): Totally #bronzed; the #VictorianAutomobileChamberofCommerce, not sure possibly base early 60s, top 1970, bronze coloured windows (some kind of copper inclusion) and brown painted steel. The ONLY 50s/60s office block left on #StKildaRoad of any note, partly because the #VACC have never left, and partly because it’s the only one that got #heritagelisted in the 90s. The ground level all parking (so you can see the cars of course ! Pic 3, 1970, #MarkStrizic. But hedges now obscure). Designed by #BernardEvans, architect, developer and long time city councillor and Lord Mayor in 1959-60. Long career of flats on the 30s and offices in the 50s-60s, including the long gone #CRAbuilding in Collins Street, the city’s tallest in 1962. 2021 update : they sold (for $100m !) in 2018, and will leave when leases expire, if they havnt already.

December 2021

(Posted to st kilda residents fb) : This is the VACC building in st kilda road, completed in 1970, one of only two surviving postwar office blocks in the street of any note, and is heritage listed. But this addition – as many flors as the original !- was approved by council on 6 December – and its not only unsympathetic, they’re actually going to demolish the whole thing and rebuild it! With the terrible addition. I can’t believe that councils heritage advisor actually thought this was all ok. Might as well build something new, or carry on the original design in the new floors.

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