Argus Building: cnr Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, MELBOURNE
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Building ProfileName : Argus Building
LocationAddress: cnr Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets
Argus Building is a landmark
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1924
Original use: Office
Current use: Not Used or Not Applicable
number of floors : 8
Built in the Interwar period in the Beaux Arts style
This Argus building is a fantastic combination of many of the Interwar styles, a Stripped Classical composition with Beaux-Arts, Chicagoesque and Moderne influences. A stuningly regal classical cooling tower is a prominent feature of the Argus building.
The Argus Building the former headquarters of Melbournes Argus newspaper, one of the citys most popular until the 1960s.
In the 1980s a cement render was applied to the facade of the building, changing the texture of the stone facade.
In 2004, La Trobe University purchased the building with the view of restoring it and use it as a CBD campus. The plans included completing the clock tower of the original design. However the costs of renovating the building and removing asbestos proved too high and the university sold the building late in 2008.Architect: Godfrey & Spowers
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