Capitol Bakeries Building, cnr Chapel St & Toorak Rd, South Yarra (Summer 2016)

After a decade-long battle to preserve the Capitol building, demolition has commenced on this prominent South Yarra corner. The building started life as one of Melbourne’s cable-car engine-sheds before being converted to a bakery in 1936 after the trams were electrified. The makeover was designed by prolific local architect Harry Norris. The massive development of apartment blocks in South Yarra …

Capitol Bakeries Building, cnr Chapel St & Toorak Rd, South Yarra (Autumn 2000)

A proposal is currently before the Stonnington Council for the construction of a 27-storey hotel complex on the corner of Chapel St and Toorak Rd. This proposal would require the demolition of the Capitol Bakeries building. Harry Norris designed two major bakeries in Melbourne; the other was the Northern Bakery building in Brunswick. The Capitol building has undergone many changes …