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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2011, 11:45 
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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2011, 14:18 
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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2011, 12:01 
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A little while ago I took some photos in anticipation of the buildings being affected by the impending demolition.

As a result the following are recent additions to the Walking Melbourne database for posterity:

Scots Church Hall

I'd love to know if anyone knows the architect of this building.

Victoria Carpark

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113-119 Russell Street


The details of each buildings are :

Scots Church Hall, 1928, Architect William M Shields (who later collaborated with noted church architect Louis Williams on the the small matching rear extension connecting the Assembly Hall to the church - this is to be demolished as part of the development).

Victoria Car park, 1938, Marcus Barlow. Not a finaincial success as a car park as WWII meant rapid reduction in no. of cars, so bldg was converted to govt offices in 1944, including the office of the then Chief Architect, Percy Everett, who went on to design numerous wonderful deco /modern hospital structures, colleges, schools. govt departments and court houses built between 1949 and 1953. Returned to car park use in c1984.

Offices and showroom, 113-119 Russell Street, Tompkins and Tompkins, 1910, for Beath, Scheiss and Felstead, clothing manufcturers. From 1911 to 1969, the ground floor became a car showroom, used by a succession of firms such as Kellow Motors, Britannia Motors, Rustan Motors, and Preston Motors, whose main showroom had been built across Russell street in the 1930s, making this something of a 'car corner'.

And yes, the church and the Assembly Hall will be overshadowed by this large blocky building to the north; now views of what it might look like from Collins Street were ever shown despite this being the most important angle.

Interestingly, the car park building is on the Victorian Heritage Register, and the Executive Director said no to the proposal - so when the appeal to the Heritage Council came up, Minister Madden directed them to provide a report directly to him in oct 2006. In early 2007, he issued a permit for the current design, which is different from the one submitted, preserving the carpark facade on Little Collins, but making the tower part even taller. Finally in 2008, the Heritage Council decision was released publicly, and it turns out they said, quite unambiguously, that it should not be demolished.


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Justin Madden needs a good kicking to allow this to go ahead. That half brick half glass facade looks like it belongs in Dandenong. Truly awful. Aesthetically it has no redeeming features whatsoever


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heritage nerd wrote:
Justin Madden needs a good kicking to allow this to go ahead. That half brick half glass facade looks like it belongs in Dandenong. Truly awful. Aesthetically it has no redeeming features whatsoever


To be fair, I think the general public needs the bigger kicking for allowing it to go ahead.

Apart from the Art Deco Society and National Trust, few else seemed to bat an eyebrow when this decision was made. A big stink was kicked up about the WIndsor Hotel, but its the small ones like these that have sadly slipped through the cracks.

The unfortunate fact is that until the public considers bland glass boxes to be passe, we'll no doubt see this happen more and more.

What most of us here see as a lack of architectural merit, or 50s architecture with CAD, the vast majority think are stunning examples of contemporary design.

For the record, there are some redeeming features about the design, but its certainly no Katsalidis.


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yes sadly it will take a horrid one like this to actually appear before the backlash begins. and the public had little to go on before any decision was made, because the Minister'called in' everything, and few images were available, all from flattering angles. But yes even now the Age doesnt seem interested in reporting on it.


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