Aparently the notorious Queensbridge hotel is closing down and an apartment tower is proposed.
I thought originally that the hotel was spared during Southbank's development as it was a heritage building but apparently it only remains as it has survived as a viable hotel.
While it isn't great architecturally it is a fairly large example of a 1920s hotel in the stripped classical style (I quite like the way that it addresses an unusual shaped site and its width with a unusual angle and corner splay as well as the balanced symmetry of the giant order pilasters, the door, the bold cornice and stylistic restrained parapet). It is also of the few surviving interwar buildings or hotel/s in the Southbank area.
However there is no heritage overlay, so the facade is not likely to be included in a new apartment complex unless the developer wants to keep it.
Does anyone know the history of the hotel and think the facade or any of it for that matter is worth keeping ?
photo from Flickr (kevwhelan)