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 …

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 …

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 …

Union Hall, Adelaide University (Autumn 2010)

After a major outcry against the proposed demolition of the 1950s Union Hall at Adelaide University, it has been provisionally heritage listed by the South Australian Heritage Council. Union Hall was decreed to be a rare example of theatre design representing the mid-20th century modernist style. The University had planned to demolish the hall and build a major new science …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Summer 2009)

The Myer Corporation and their corporate bankers, Colonial First State, have announced that they intend to lodge an application with the City of Melbourne for the demolition of Lonsdale House, a wonderful example of Moderne styling on an interwar commercial building. In 1934, the noted Melbourne architect, IG Anderson, transformed two 19th Century warehouses and capped the new building with …