Heritage articles

Taking the “D” out of demolition

By Tristan Davies The City of Melbourne last month voted to adopt two very important guidelines for heritage.  After years of debate, a new system of grading will be finally be implemented on all heritage buildings across the city, with a building now either “contributory” to a heritage precinct or “significant” in its own right. 

Heritage laying idle

By Rohan Storey Vice President, Melbourne Heritage Action As the development boom slows, a number of heritage sites slated for demolition and re-development sit idle like ghosts in the middle of the city. These sites are either caught between real estate flipping, land banking or a lack of development funds, robbing Melbourne of much-loved and

Protecting our sacred laneways

By Rohan Storey As reported earlier in this issue of CBD news, after a two-year long process, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne signed off this month on one of the City of Melbourne’s most ambitious heritage protection studies in decades.  The move sees heritage overlays now extending over Guildford Lane, the Hardware/Little Bourke area and

Corkman will not be rebuilt

By Rohan Storey The latest news is that Raman Shaqiri and Stefce Kutlesovski, the developers who illegally demolished the 1856 Corkman Irish pub in Carlton, are removing the debris from the site (which contained asbestos), and are disposing it.  They are not keeping any elements, not even the bluestone blocks that formed the window surrounds.

Testing our resolve

By Tristan Davies – Melbourne Heritage Action A development currently advertised for 7 Hosier Lane, which seeks to plonk serviced apartments on top of a building with a heritage facade in one of our key laneways, should be seen not only as a heritage issue, but as a litmus test for the kind of city

Melbourne is so lucky

A recent visit to Sydney revealed how lucky Melbourne is to have so much anti-landmark heritage in our CBD. Both cities sadly demolished many incredible heritage buildings in the 60s and 70s, but it can be argued Sydney came out worse off not for what was considered heritage at the time, but all the things

Yarra Building is self-evidently vital

Earlier last month Melbourne Heritage Action (MHA) sent in an objection to the demolition of part of Federation Square for an Apple store, which we see as having little justification now that the square is heritage listed. We submitted that it was architecturally self-evident that the Yarra Building is vital to the integrity of Federation

Ever heard of the Cathedral Room?

Next to the wonderful, spectacular Gothic Bank on Collins St there’s a side entry up a few stairs. During business hours if you wander in and head down the back you’ll find an amazing, empty, Gothic-style hall, complete with groin vaults and a stained-glass window.  The aptly named Cathedral Room has been connected to the

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

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