Flinders Street Station has always been a sense incomplete. The design was won in a competition in 1899 by architects Fawcett & Ashworth (who both worked for the Railways), and the State Library has their elevations, the only drawings thought to survive, which show the Flinders Street and Swanston Street sides but nothing else. The … Continue reading Flinders Street Station – as it might have been.
Author: Rohan Storey
Repost 2019: The most fabulous #shopfront in #Melbourne, possibly Australia, in #RipponleaVillage, an elaborate creation in coppered metalwork, #leadlight, and timber, described as a ‘showpiece’ for #BrinsmeadsPharmacy, built in 1918, fittings by #ThomasDuff & Sons. The building was designed by #SydneySmithandOgg - not for Mr Brinsmead, but for Mr Dalton who had bought the business, … Continue reading Brinsmeads Pharmacy Ripponlea
The Corkman pub has been rebuilt ! But as an art work, 3/4 scale. Called ‘Distant Things Appear Suddenly Near', by Irish artist, Sean Lynch, and funded by the City of Melbourne, it sits at the north end of University Square, facing the empty pub site, now a temporary park. This is temporary too, looks … Continue reading Corkman rebuilt !
This incredible thing in pic 1 is the first approved design for Parliament house in Melbourne, from 1855 – when Victoria only had 200,000 people. It was designed by Peter Kerr and John Knight, who oversaw the building of the chambers and library 1856–1860, then nothing happened for 18 years. In 1879 Peter Kerr alone … Continue reading Parliament House, earlier designs
Repost from 2018: The #PamelaAndersonHouse, Canterbury Rd, #StKildaWest, by #CassandraFahey (practice name #CassandraComplex haha), built 2000 for (in)famously misogynistic ex (#AustralianRules) football player #SamNewman, who never actually lived there. After doing a string of award winning projects in the 2000s, I heard she gave up #architecture for a while, now she’s Lead Architect at Woods … Continue reading Pamela Anderson House
Repost 2017: A stylish movie set ? No, it’s a house in Olinda ! #Dalcrombie, 1939, was designed by #JEsmondDorney, who also did many Deco flats in Elwood. So many projecting #semicircular elements, a fave feature of Dorney’s work, sticking out from the flat roofed main rectangular volume, on different levels and wildly cantilevered; the … Continue reading Dalcrombie, Olinda, 1939.
Repost 2016: Bit of #municipalmodern, the 60s #toiletblock behind the #shrineofremembrance. Designed by the #MelbourneCityCouncil in-house team, with a neat circular #cantileveredroof, floating over ribbed concrete walls. Painted the dreaded shades of grey, was originally unpainted concrete with brown bricks. (There was a square version in the Fitzroy Gardens demolished a few years ago for … Continue reading Stylish toilet block
A redevelopment of the long neglected #SirCharlesHothamHotel on the corner of Flinders & Spence has been announced - and it might not be too bad ! Built in 1913, it’s one of the last designs by #WilliamPittArchitect, and apart from the corner bar and billiard room, the interiors are pretty intact, with art nouveau tiling … Continue reading Charles Hotham Hotel tower
Northcote Theatre, Melbs oldest intact picture house, built 1912; preserved as a function centre for decades. I got it on the #victorianheritageregister about 15 years ago. Now proposed for an upgrade to more like a nightclub- great the facade is to be restored, reopening the upper porch area, and I don’t mind the groovy new … Continue reading Northcote Theatre
24 December 2020: My 1991 proposal to give the Arts Centre a new spire instead of finishing the then existing short one- by putting it on the concert hall instead. Something like the spire we were going to get back in the 60s. Can’t recall whether I thought some or all would’ve copper, but certainly … Continue reading Arts centre spire idea