First posted 31 January 2020 This is the third luxury hotel that #LeslieMPerrott designed, the #HotelAustralia in the middle of #CollinsStreet, opened June 1939, and hard to believe it was demolished in 1989. I remember being shocked when I heard (this was just before I started working at the NationalTrust), I guess it wasn’t highly … Continue reading Australia Hotel, Collins Street 1939, glamorous and gay.
First posted 30 January 2020 The #ChevronHotel in #StKildaRoad was nearly demolished in the early 2000s for a high rise, which got a permit, but surprisingly it wasn’t (helicopter flight paths ?), instead the main part was kept and 10 storey wings built on the inside edges around a nice courtyard, rather better than everything … Continue reading Chevron Hotel, St Kilda Road, 1934, high class back in the day.
Somehow this old hotel makes much less impact than it should; maybe just being on #SpencerStreet means it gets overlooked ? Also, there’s not a lot of interesting detail or grand entry (any more - in fact what was shops is now blank wall!). Built in 1928 as the #HotelAlexander, it’s clearly inspired by the … Continue reading Hotel Alexander, Spencer Street, 1928