Melbourne has lost many of its great buildings, especially in the 1950s-1970s, but that was back when Victoriana was considered ‘bad taste’ and there was no such as thing as ‘heritage protection’. The mid 1970s into the 1980s saw the creation of heritage protection, and many heritage battles, with some major wins and some major losses. While most highly significant buildings are now safe, there are a wealth of older places in the CBD that are now considered ‘heritage’ but are not protected, or demolished anyway. MHA was formed in wake of the loss of the Art Deco gem Lonsdale House in 2010, but just before that we lost the Eastern Arcade in 2008, and in 2011 we lost four buildings behind Scots Church, and the destruction of smaller, often overlooked heritage places continues.
The gallery below documents of the buildings lost in recent years.
Click on the photos to view a slideshow.