Heritage articles

Precinct  under threat

By Rohan Storey The Little Bourke / Hardware Lane precinct has developed as one of the most lively and busy areas of the CBD, an oasis of low pedestrian scale, historic buildings, that has become an attractive location for cafes, bars, shops, businesses and homes.  You would think that there would be controls in place

Study adoption huge win for heritage

By Tristan Davies After almost a decade of heritage groups calling for a comprehensive review of heritage in the CBD, council voted last month to put forward the first part of its Hoddle Grid Heritage Review, which will see more than 64 new heritage listings recommended to the Minister of Planning. With the last major

Heritage gaps on the radar

By Tristan Davies Across the city, gaps in heritage studies have seen a number of character-filled and historic buildings face the wrecking ball. Melbourne Heritage Action (MHA) recently lodged objections to the demolition of The Theosophical building on Russell St, which has also been home to Lewis Music, one of the city’s oldest small businesses,

Restoration of a sign of the times

By Tristan Davies Readers may have recently noticed scaffolding coming down from the former Herald and Weekly Times building on Flinders St, completing months of paintstaking restoration on one of our most iconic heritage buildings. Melbourne Heritage Action was lucky enough to be given an exclusive insight by the team at Ivy Constructions into how

Planning rules target corner buildings

By Tristan Davies In June, the last CBD pub that didn’t have heritage protection, the 1925 Metropolitan Hotel on the corner of William St and Little Lonsdale, became the latest place threatened by the little-known ‘”80m on corners” rule. A development proposal would see just the external walls retained, and a 27-storey “as of right”

Heritage Victoria steps up

Some recent decisions affecting CBD heritage have affirmed that Heritage Victoria (HV) no longer wants to be seen as a rubber stamp – as many involved in heritage activism have thought it had become over the past decade. Readers of last month’s MHA column will know of Victoria University’s plans to demolish large parts of

Towering over the Titles Office

By Rohan Storey, Melbourne Heritage Action The Title Office in Queen St is one of Victoria’s major 19th century public buildings.  It was built in stages between the 1870s and 1880s, until it filled an entire city block, and was designed by JJ Clarke, best known for designing the Old Treasury when he was 19-years-old.

Reasons to be cheerful

By Tristan Davies, Melbourne Heritage Action As the end of another year approaches, Melbourne’s heritage arcades are filled with decorations, the art deco Myer windows are displaying their 62nd Christmas windows and Flinders Street Station’s long-awaiting restoration is finally unwrapping itself as a present to all of the city.  What better time to look at

Are missing floors missing heritage?

These days, more and more heritage activists and city planners are faced with the question of how additions to historic buildings should be managed. These could be small wall or roof additions, or the addition of multiple new levels. And how do these additions affect its later heritage status? But what do we do when

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