Imperial Hotel ‘restoration’

Repost 2016:

Pathetic attempt at historic reconstruction at the Imperial Hotel on Bourke Street. The window details on the right were added recently, having been knocked off the the 70s, and were originally exactly like ones on the left, on the shop row that was part of the original 1864 building. I’ve been waiting like forever for the facades to be restored, and then this! ‘Restored’ but miniaturised. They even left the 70s ‘colonial’ shutters and multi frame windows. Sheesh. And yes it’s a bit better than before, but doesn’t mean it should stay.

Update : we complained to the @cityofmelbourne, and they didn’t get a permit, they said there would be enforcement action, then silence. Big pub conglomerate, they can afford to do it properly.

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