Heritage articles

The secret life of Melbourne’s boarding houses

The secret life of Melbourne’s boarding houses

By Dana Foenander, Melbourne Heritage Action You’ve probably driven past them a million times and wondered what occurs behind the doors of Melbourne’s ghostly mansions.  They are giant, and often dilapidated, heritage buildings that never seem to change over time and stand mysteriously in various inner city locations. Well you may be surprised to know

Delights revealed as scaffolds come down

By Tristan Davies, Melbourne Heritage Action Scaffolding going up on heritage buildings is often a worrying sign that demolition of facades is soon to follow, but a number of scaffolds coming down recently have revealed much better news. On Elizabeth St, just past the market, the retained front of a Victorian building with stunning bronze

Walking the streets for the sake of heritage

Melbourne Heritage Action’s first ever walking tour took to the streets of the CBD in May, with both tour participants and tour guide learning more than they expected. The education extended way beyond the subject of the tour – CBD Pubs – and included the wider wealth of social histories surrounding much of our city’s

D for demolition?

It’s about to get lot harder to justify the demolition of heritage buildings in the city due to the adoption of new heritage policies by the City of Melbourne. The policies replace an inadequate and out-dated grading system which ranked heritage places in order from A to D, often resulting in a “D for demolition”

Questions on heritage QVM response

Plans have finally emerged of the City of Melbourne’s (CoM) development scheme for the Munro site opposite Queen Victoria Market, giving us a glimpse of a proposal with some broader merits, but mixed result for heritage at best. Only slithers on edges of the site are to be retained, making way for new community facilities,

Let’s not lose more lanes

While our experience of Melbourne’s laneways today is often as places for hidden bars, cafes, and canvases for our favourite street artists, a hidden history also lies in wait down many. Here’s just a small sample to prompt your own exploration. Take St Johns Lane and St Patricks Alley, across from each other in the

It’s not just about the Corkman Inn

One thing the illegal demolition of the Corkman Inn late last year showed us was the deep connection many Melburnians have to historic pubs and the shock at seeing them disappear needlessly to development and gentification.  The Lord Mayor and the Planning Minister were right to express outrage, but we can’t forget that under their

Let’s define progress

One cliché often uttered when we’re faced with the heritage demolition is “well, that’s progress I guess …”, but is this statement really all that true?   Where do we find most of our city’s artist spaces, music venues, pop-up businesses and the meeting places – the elements that drive so much of the cultural

483 LaTrobe St

City faces new heritage threat

On September 20, the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee will have yet another choice to make between the speculative needs of apartment developers and the those of this city’s heritage. A fine, and relatively rare 1882 Victorian era factory-workshop at 488 La Trobe St by the notable architect Thomas Watts is destined for demolition

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