Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Spring 2009)

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The decision by the Victorian Planning Minister to issue a permit for the demolition of Lonsdale House has resulted in significant community outrage, with incredulous citizens asking how a government (supported by the City of Melbourne) could allow this to happen. During August a public rally was held, and thousands of signatures have been collected to present to the politicians …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Winter 2009)

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The 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 …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Autumn 2009)

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The Myer Corporation and Colonial First State have lodged an application for Stage 2 of the redevelopment of the Myers store complex in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Because of the size of the project, the Minister of Planning is the Responsible Authority, rather than the City of Melbourne. The application includes the proposal to demolish Lonsdale House. The developers have also …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Summer 2008)

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Lonsdale House is one of Melbourne’s most iconic Art Deco buildings, largely due to it’s geometric tower. ADS was informed that it was proposed to be demolished as part of the ‘re-development’ of the Myer Lonsdale St store. We have now nominated it to the Victorian Heritage Register and to the National Trust Register, at a State level.  

Penfold’s Building, former Cable Tram Building, cnr Victoria Pde & Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Spring 2008)

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Following the granting of a demolition permit by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), the distinctive Fitzroy building was nominated by ADMS to the Victorian Heritage Register. The Executive Director of Heritage Victoria rejected the nomination and the State Planning Minister has since decided that the building not be included on the Register. It would appear that the building …

Lonsdale House, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (Spring 2008)

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Lonsdale House, with its fabulous Art Deco tower, was nominated by ADMS to the Victorian Heritage Register but was unsuccessful. Following a hearing with a panel from the Historica Buildings Council, the original decision was supported and the panel agreed that it was not of State significance. However, the panel was split in its decision. A major outcome of the …

Penfold’s Building, former Cable Tram Building, cnr Victoria Pde & Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Winter 2008)

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This former Cable Car building in Fitzroy was the subject of a review by the Historic Buildings Council to examine whether it should be included on the Victorian Heritage Register. However, the Committee determined that it did not have the power to make the determination as there had not been a formal nomination of the building. ADS lodged a nomination …

Penfold’s Building, former Cable Tram Building, cnr Victoria Pde & Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Autumn2008)

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Although a demolition permit has been granted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), the distinctive Fitzroy building has been nominated to the Victorian Heritage Register. A hearing was conducted by the Historic Buildings Council in May and we await the outcome.