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Call for Action| Office proposal completely dominates historic precinct

Melbourne Heritage Action needs your help! We have sent our objection to the new ISPT development planned for the corner of Lt Lonsdale and Spring St. Not only will the … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

West Melbourne Heritage set for Interim Protection

The City of Melbourne has granted interim protection to all places cited in its recently completed West Melbourne heritage review, newly granting protection to dozens of industrial and residential sites from the 1860s to the 1980s.

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Council Ignores Own Experts AND Constituents – Burton’s Livery to be Demolished

Melbourne City Councillors have variously sat on their own hands, ignored the advice of their own heritage experts, and ignored the pleas of their own constituents in allowing the demolition of the former Burton’s Livery

May 28, 2016 · 7 Comments

Reforming City of Melbourne Elections

There is clearly something amiss when at least dozen major planning applications do not get a hearing at a Melbourne City Council meeting because a majority of Councillors have received … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Minister Grants Temporary Protection to 9 Snubbed Buildings

Another high moment this week on the heritage roller-coaster that we can celebrate. Wheeeeeee!!! Finally some movement on the post-war buildings that Matthew Guy decided shouldn’t receive heritage protection as … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

VCAT Approves Demolition of Palace Theatre

VCAT has approved the demolition of all but the front facade of the Palace Theatre, in a decision that deals a devastating blow to the heart of Melbourne’s live music … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

Heritage Coup | Council approves Hoddle Grid Heritage Review

The City of Melbourne has unanimously approved a new review of built heritage in the Hoddle Grid at last night’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

April 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Melbourne City Council Weighs Options for Heritage Survey

After persistent lobbying from MHA, we are very pleased to report that this Tuesday, Melbourne City Council’s Future Melbourne Committee will at last consider options for conducting and adopting its first … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fencing off the Fitzroy Gardens Art Deco Substation – a heritage-friendly compromise?

MHA is concerned about a proposal to erect a tall and visually imposing fence around the art deco electrical substation (built 1940) in the Fitzroy Gardens. The images in the … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

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Top floor corridor with pressed metal cladding, probably the sisters' bedrooms in the former Mission to the Streets on Spring Street. MHA was shown around the former Mission and the Elms Hotel last week. Mission hardly altered since 1913, it accommodated the work of the Anglican Sisters of the Holy Name who worked to save 'fallen women' in the notorious 'Little Lon' district. Much of the interior features pressed metal cladding. Planned development here will keep facade and bits of interior will be preserved but reorganised to become a conference centre, see our website for more information. #melbheritage #springst #interiors #pressedmetal #melbinteriors #littlelonsdale The Port Phillip Arcade built 1961 (here in a 1969 view by Wolfgang Sievers) in Flinders St looks set to be demolished for the Melbourne Metro project. It doesn't look like there is a way to save it, and keeping only the facade wouldn't make much sense. We support plans to retain the distinctive Charles Bush Sculpture on the facade and the sailboat sculpture on the internal grill. But, it will be a shame to lose one of the few distinctive 1960s retail spaces in the CBD. #melbheritage #melbournemetro #portphilliparcade #wolfgangsievers #flindersst #retail #shoppingarcades #midcentury One of our art deco beauties looking lovely in some late winter sun. The former Commonwealth Bank on Bourke Street, designed by Whistler. Henderson, built 1939-41. Added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2011 after being nominated by the Art Deco and Modernism Society #artdeco #bourkest #melarch #lookupclub #melbheritage This 1904 building with its elaborate facade in Swanston St is slated for demolition for the Melbourne Metro project.We have recommended that it should be retained if possible, even only the facade (which we don't normally advocate). The reports from Melbourne Metro have ignored its significance as an important part of the streetscape in a block that includes the Nicholas Building and Young & Jacksons. #melbheritage #melbournemetro #swanstonstreet #melarch #edwardian

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Future Melbourne Committee meeting 17 May 2016, Agenda item 6.2: Planning Scheme Amendments C272 and C273 - West Melbourne Heritage Review (Part 1)

Future Melbourne Committee meeting 17 May 2016, Agenda item 6.2: Planning Scheme Amendments C272 and C273 - West Melbourne Heritage Review (Part 1)

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