Civic Hall, Ballarat (Spring 2013)

A major preservation battle is underway in the Victorian regional city of Ballarat. The Civic Hall, constructed in 1953 to a design by prominent local architect Les┬áCoburn and Melbourne architect Gordon Murphy, is significant as the first steel-framed and reinforced concrete building constructed in Victoria, outside of Melbourne. Now it is under threat from its owners, the City council, who …

Astor Theatre, Chapel St, St Kilda (Winter 2012)

In the last issue we reported on possible problems with the future of the iconic 1936 Astor Theatre in St Kilda. Numerous rumours were circulating about it possibly being sold by St Michael’s Grammar School, perhaps to a ‘white knight’. This turned out to be correct. In August 2012, St Kilda businessman Ralph Taranto bought the Astor for an undisclosed …

Astor Theatre, Chapel St, St Kilda (Autumn 2012)

A major preservation battle has broken out over the future of the iconic Astor Theatre in St Kilda. Constructed in 1936, the theatre (with its neon spangled facade) is famous for its double-bill cult and arthouse classics and is Melbourne’s last operational single screen cinema. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and is not threatened with demolition. The …

former Melford Motors, cnr Elizabeth & Queensberry Sts, Melbourne (Summer 2012)

ADMS has engaged Simon Reeve, of Built Heritage Pty Ltd, to prepare a submission to the Victorian Heritage Register for the former Melford Motors building on the corner of Elizabeth and Queensberry Streets, Melbourne. Designed for the Ford Company in 1936 by Harry Norris, the showroom is located on a prominent corner site, and features large curved glass windows wrapping …

Long Beach Pavillion, Hobart (Summer 2012)

The bathing pavilion at Long Beach in Hobart has been added to tthe Tasmanian Heritage Register. It was designed in 1962 in the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay by prominent Tasmanian architect, Dirk Bolt, who designed many mid-20th century buildings in Hobart, including the 10 Murray Street Governement Office tower block that is approved for demolition.