Town Hall, Horsham (Summer 2011)

The Horsham Rural City Council recently decided to redevelop the auditorium as a performing arts venue, which would result in the retention of the Town Hall (which operates as an Art Gallery) and the demolition of the auditorium, ADMS joined a group of Horsham residents in appealing against the demolition proposal at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal and we …

former Commonwealth Bank, Bourke St, Melbourne (Summer 2011)

The former Commonwealth Bank, at¬†219-225¬†Bourke Street, Melbourne, has been recommended for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register. The owners of the building (City of Melbourne) have objected to the listing. Heritage Victoria will now negotiate with the Council. If the matter can’t be resolved, a hearing will be held with the Historic Buildings Council.  

Southern Right Motel, Raglan Pde, Warrnambool (Winter 2011)

Following a request from one of our members to assist in the preservation of the Googie-style Southern Right Motel in Warrnambool (southwest Victoria), ADMS nominated the building for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register. Unfortunately, Heritage Victoria has assessed the motel as not of State significance, and did NOT recommend if for inclusion on the Register. The future of the …

Town Hall, Horsham (Autumn 2011)

ADMS has been working with a group of Horsham residents objecting to the redevelopment of Horsham’s wonderful Town Hall and auditorium (designed by Charles ‘Nev’ Hollinshed in 1939), which would have resulted in the demolition of the auditorium. A recent hearing at VCAT resulted in the permit for demolition being overturned. This is a significant victory for preservation in Victoria …

Penfold’s Building, former Cable Tram Building, cnr Victoria Pde & Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Summer 2010)

In 2008/09, ADMS was engaged in a long battle to preserve a former cable-car engine house that had been given a Moderne makeover in 1936 when it was converted to the headquarters of Penfolds Wines in Victoria. Eventually VCAT issued a demolition permit and the building was finally demolished in December 2009. It highlights the difficulty of preserving buildings that …

Enniskillen, Canterbury (Summer 2010)

ADMS recently supported a group of Canterbury residents and Boroondara Council in their battle against a proposal to dramatically extend Enniskillen, a large, L-shaped house in Tudor Revival style (1925) by the prominent architect Arthur Plaisted. In November, the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) accepted our arguments that the proposed extension would destroy much of the historic fabric and …