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 …

St Vincent Place North, Albert Park

On 12 October 2010, the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria issued a permit for the demolition of 94 St Vincent Place, Albert Park, which is included in the St Vincent Place Precinct on the Victorian Heritage Register (H1291)

Collingwood TAFE, (former Collingwood Technical College), Johnston St, Collingwood (October 2010)

The Victorian State Government recently announced an additional $10 million (bringing their total contribution to $13 million) to assist Circus Oz to relocate from their Port Melbourne base to the old Collingwood TAFE building at 241 Johnston St. Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants have been appointed as architects for the works required. Circus Oz hope to their new home opened by …

Mitchell House, Elizabeth St, Melbourne (Winter 2010)

Century Building, on the corner of Swanston Street and Little Collins Street, and Mitchell House, on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street, are two of Melbourne’s most important (and prominent) Art Deco buildings. Both were nominated by ADMS to the Victorian Heritage Register and have been assessed and included on the Register. Thank you to Simon Reeves of Built …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Autumn 2010)

One of Melbourne’s iconic Art Deco buildings, Lonsdale House, was recently demolished by its owners, Colonial First State, with the support of Myer Pty Ltd, the State Government and the City of Melbourne. To the Minister for Planning, ‘heritage’ architects who supported the demolition, Heritage Victoria, and City Councillors – shame. To the thousands of people who signed on-line petitions …