Union Hall, Adelaide University (Autumn 2010)

After a major outcry against the proposed demolition of the 1950s Union Hall at Adelaide University, it has been provisionally heritage listed by the South Australian Heritage Council. Union Hall was decreed to be a rare example of theatre design representing the mid-20th century modernist style. The University had planned to demolish the hall and build a major new science …

Parliament Square, Hobart (Autumn 2010)

The re-development of Parliament Square in Hobart has just received a planning permit, but the project includes the demolition of 3 buildings, including the former Government Printing Office of 2-4 Salamanca Place. The building is described as ‘a rare intact Tasmanian example of the Interwar Art Deco style’ and a challenge is being mounted against its demolition.

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Summer 2009)

The Myer Corporation and their corporate bankers, Colonial First State, have announced that they intend to lodge an application with the City of Melbourne for the demolition of Lonsdale House, a wonderful example of Moderne styling on an interwar commercial building. In 1934, the noted Melbourne architect, IG Anderson, transformed two 19th Century warehouses and capped the new building with …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Spring 2009)

The decision by the Victorian Planning Minister to issue a permit for the demolition of Lonsdale House has resulted in significant community outrage, with incredulous citizens asking how a government (supported by the City of Melbourne) could allow this to happen. During August a public rally was held, and thousands of signatures have been collected to present to the politicians …

Warracknabeal Town Hall, Scott St, Warracknabeal (Spring 2009)

In 2008, ADMS member Dr Timothy Hubbard and his firm, Heritage Matters, were engaged by Heritage Victoria to survey cinemas in country Victoria. The resultant report , entitled Jaffas Down the Aisles, recommended adding 10 cinemas to the Victorian Heritage Register. As a result, cinemas at Lorne, Winchelsea, Horsham, Ararat, Koroit, Sorrento, Ballarat, Charlton and Yarram have been included on the …

Yule House, Little Collins St, Melbourne (Winter 2009)

ADMS has nominated two of Melbourne’s best interwar buildings for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register – Mitchell House, on the corner of Elizabeth St and Lonsdale St (Harry Norris, 1936) and Yule House, 309-311 Little Collins St (Oakley & Parkes, 1932). It has long been recognised that Moderne buildings are under-represented on the Register and it is our aim to …