Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Winter 2009)

Digital InnovationsLost Buildings, Preservation, Victoria

LonsdaleHouseMelbourneThe state government has just approved the demolition of Lonsdale House to enable the widening of Caledonian Lane to service the re-developed Myer Lonsdale Street store. The decision was made solely by the Minister for Planning, who rejected our arguments for a public process and for the adaptive re-use of the building. The Minister had asked the City of Melbourne for comment – despite the building having a grading of B under the Melbourne Planning Scheme, the Council raised no objection to demolition. So a wonderfully iconic and elegant building will now be replaced by another glass box and a widened lane.