Smith Street, Collingwood (Winter 2004)

Another Harry Norris building is under threat! As part of a proposed massive 200-apartment redevelopment in Smith Street, Collingwood, the original Coles Store  No 1 would be demolished. Norris was the architect for the Coles family and was responsible for design of new stores and re-modeling existing stores. ADS is working with the National Trust and the Collingwood Action Group to preserve …

McPherson’s Building, Collins St, Melbourne (Spring 2003)

The renovation of the McPherson’s building at 546-566 Collins Street, Melbourne 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 …

420 Spencer St, West Melbourne (Spring 2003)

Great News! This elegant 1937 Streamline Moderne building in West Melbourne was threatened with demolition. ADS joined with the Melbourne Council and the Northwest Association in opposing the demolition permit, and succeeded in having the permit revoked at a VCAT hearing. This was a great result for the Council’s planning process and for confirmation of the value of heritage listing …

420 Spencer St, West Melbourne (Autumn 2003)

ADS is currently involved in a major preservation battle with developers over the Streamline Moderne building at 420 Spencer Street. A proposal to demolish the building and replace it with a 26-storey apartment tower has been approved by the Minister of Planning. ADS has lodged an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), as have the Melbourne Council …

Burnham Beeches, Sherbrooke (Winter 2002)

The former home of the Nicholas family has undergone another change of ownership, and the new owners intend to provide retirement accommodation and serviced apartments. The exterior of the main house has been repainted and looks a treat. ADS is fully supportive of this initiative which will hopefully secure the future of one of Australia’s Moderne classic houses.