Original post 9 February 2016: Readers Feast is leaving the main floor of the old Georges building. This is one of the many spaces in the City that has no interior protection, because the City of Melbourne has dragged its feet on listing ANY interiors. And Heritage Victoria has been sitting on a nomination since … Continue reading George’s Store
Original post 9 Feb 2021: St Kilda Railway Station, as it looked in c1864, from the @cityofportphillip heritage collection- and all of it is still there ! Built in 1857 as the terminus for Melbourne’s 2nd train line, it turned St Kilda from a scattering of villas and mansions into a desirable sea side suburb. … Continue reading St Kilda Railway Station
Original post 8 Feb 2018: The site of one of the first losses just after I started working at the @nationaltrustvic. Melbourne’s first #cabletram #enginehouse on the corner of Hoddle Street and Bridge Road was demolished for the sake of a flared intersection/slip lane - most annoying cos they could’ve at least kept the furtherest … Continue reading Cable Tram Engine House, lost
Original post 8 Feb 2021: This is one that honestly I can’t even bear to look at - which VCAT thought was fine ! And unfortunately going ahead whereas many other much more acceptable ones arnt. It’s a 20 storey office tower plonked over the retained and restored upper facades of the 1925 Metropolitan Hotel … Continue reading Metropolitan Hotel horror, William Street
Original post 6 February 2017: The beaut Courier Building on #DorcasStreet #SouthMelbourne, can't find exact date, but I bet 1880s, crazy vertical three storey office building on a terrace house sized block. I can tell you however that the Courier was only published from 1900 to 1914 thanks the the #MelbourneCircle blog.
Original posts 6 February 2021 I still think of this simply as ‘Russell Street’, a fabbo skyscraper style HQ for the Victoria Police, in the news recently since a mini series about the 1986 bombing recreated the scene right in front (!). Replacing old barracks, the #RussellStreetPoliceStation was built 1941-3 (despite war restrictions on everyone … Continue reading Russell Street Police Station
Original post 5 February 2018: Think replacing one of the buildings at #FedSq with an Apple flagship store is a bad idea ? Especially one that’s practically a copy of the Chicago one ? Then: email the City of Melbourne in support of the motion to request that State Parliament disallow the planning amendment that … Continue reading Apple Store at Fed Square – just say no !
Origin post 5 February 2021: Ajax Insurance, cnr Queen and Little Collins, yet another of the 55 #midcentury office blocks up for #heritagelisting, and another fave of mine, even though it’s a bit retro for 1957. Designed by HD Berry, who didn’t go on to much it seems, but did well with this, which would … Continue reading Ajax insurance
Original post 4 Feb 2021: A bit of #perspectivecorrect makes this archway look very impressive, but then it is ! And it’s at the end of my street. It’s called #Ripplemere on #GreyStreetStKilda, built 1884, designed by one of faves #FrederickdeGaris, who did a few really OTT #HighVictorian at it's highest - though actually this … Continue reading Ripplemere, St Kilda
Original post 3 Feb 2016 A #melbourbemansion. #StudleyHall, first part 1857, then 1875 enlarged and altered to what you see here, designed by william J Ellis. Great double level columned verandas. Owned by infamous character #johnwren from 1919, who then gifted it to the Catholic Church in 1969 to become #BurkeHall, junior school for Xavier.