Original post 20 July 2020 Photos 14 July Sad sight on #BayStreetPortMelbourne, been this way since a fire in 2015 (I think). Its yet another surviving (partly) very early cinema, being built as the Port Theatre in 1913, and closing in 1956, and used for retail ever since. In 2018 a permit was issued to … Continue reading Port Melbourne Theatre, 1913, burnt
Original post 16 July 2020 Seen in #BayStreetPortMelbourne- this has to be one of the WORST ‘heritage’ outcomes in melbs - I couldn’t believe it when I saw I first saw it many years ago. The 1913 church is not only completely hemmed in, only the external walls are left, and possibly not the east … Continue reading Horrible heritage outcome, Holy Trinity, Port Melbourne
Original post 15 July 2020 Just passed by this particularly wonky cottage in Station Street #PortMelbourne, seems it was sold in 2017 for just under a $mill, and it’s a complete wreck inside ! I’d guess it would be quite an effort to even save the front; an interesting case for the heritage advisor if … Continue reading A real fixer upper in Port Melbourne
Original post 10 July 2020 Photos 7 July The old #PortMelbournePostOffice was built in 1862, and apparently designed by the famous #JJClark ! It has an almost twin in Kilmore, but in bluestone, and less altered - but I do like the pale brickwork here, pretty rare for this early date (perhaps imitating London brick?) … Continue reading Port Melbourne Post Office (1862), Drill Hall (1911), and Court House (1860)
Original post 9 July 2020 The #PortMelbourne #FreemasonsHall in #liardetstreet is great, a bit #ViennaSecession, or maybe just jaunty Edwardian. It’s 1917 obvs, but that’s all I know. Update : there's a foundation stone behind that tree, the honorary architects were CEMerrett and supervising architect Frederick J Brearley, both of course were members and both … Continue reading Port Melbourne Freemasons Hall, 1917
Not my photo but I couldn’t wait - just discovered that #MewtonAndGrounds did a ‘Scout Settlement’ project in #NottStreet, #PortMelbourne in late 1936, and it’s still there ! The Scout Settlement wasn’t the Scouts, but similar, providing recreation rooms for boys ‘from the more congested suburbs’ in this case the very working class Port Melb. … Continue reading Geoffrey Mewton discovery !