Owners of Total House to challenge its heritage listing

Wille, Peter 1932-1972 photographer. "Total" Car Park. Cnr. Russell & Little Bourke Streets, Melbourne. 1966 Image from State Library of Victoria.
Wille, Peter 1932-1972 photographer.
“Total” Car Park. Cnr. Russell & Little Bourke Streets, Melbourne. 1966
Image from State Library of Victoria.

The owners of Total House have indicated they will challenge the heritage listing of the building as they seek permission to demolish it to replace it with a 70-storey hotel and apartment tower.

Total House was given a heritage listing by Heritage Victoria in May this year. HV declared that Total House is regarded as of cultural heritage significance for the state of Victoria. The committee stated in their report that they were ‘satisfied that Total House is a notable, highly intact, distinctive and early example of Brutalist architecture in Victoria.’

Despite this the owners AXF group wish to proceed with plans for a 70-storey hotel and apartment tower on the site.

A report in The Age here.

Read more about Total House and the campaign to protect it here.

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2 thoughts on “Owners of Total House to challenge its heritage listing

  1. As the Milgrom case showed earlier this year [won Supreme Court case to destroy two beautiful two-storey Victorian terrace houses in South Melbourne] just because a building has Heritage listing doesn’t mean it is safe. When it comes to the crunch with Big Money, our heritage laws are not strong enough to protect our architectural heritage.

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  2. The listing for Total House is a lot stronger than the listing for those terrace houses. We are hoping it will hold as it will set a dangerous precedent if overturned.

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