Preservation - McPherson's Building, 546-566 Collins Street, Melbourne(Stuart Calder in association with Reid & Pearson, 1937)
McPherson's Building, Melbourne
APRIL 2006 - Preservation NewsThis classic Moderne building is now fully restored and tenanted.
SPRING 2003 - Preservation NewsThe renovation of the McPherson's building at the bottom of Collins Street is making good progress. The restoration of the stunning terracotta and black facade is now complete.
Recently, the developers, Bob Angley, Neil Arrowsmith and Paul Schneider, invited interested parties to inspect the interior spaces that will become the retail spaces and apartments. Tenancies are now being finalised, including a food emporium and a large gymnasium, and the residential spaces are taking shape.
Compared to other city apartments, the McPherson's spaces will be large, generally between 24 and 30 squares. The apartments are being sold as shells, so purchasers can create their own environment. Imagine developing your very own masterpiece in one of Melbourne's premier Art Deco buildings!
Construction of the new section of the building (set back and not visible from the street) will commence soon.
AUTUMN 2002 - Preservation NewsThe McPherson's Building at 546 Collins Street (Reid & Pearson, in association with Stuart Calder, 1936/7) is a classic streamline moderne building, characterised by horizontal lines and featuring terracotta faience and black vitrolite. It was recently sold and it was feared that only the facade would be retained. However, we are delighted that the new owners intend to maintain its original character and restore its design features.
The proposal is for a retail complex on the ground floor and mezzanine (as per its original use), with apartments on the floors above. A new floor will be added, but will be set back and not visible from the street.
ADS is providing assistance and advice and the proposed development is also endorsed by Heritage Victoria.