I took this picture at the corner of Domain Road and Park Street, South Yarra. Although we have lived here for nearly five years, I suddenly noticed when gazing down on South Yarra, this very high building. While there is a proper highrise of many storeys just in the far left of the picture (oh, the corrupt money that must have been paid to have that built), the building with Maples on it is about five or six storeys high and is very noticeable when looking out our windows (it only took me five years to notice it though). It was converted to apartment in the eighties by the look of the fittings in the foyer.
Maples was a furniture retailer and while I don't recall what it was like in its latter days, it retailed quality furniture from my memory. There was a large store at the corner of Chapel Street and High Street in Prahran. I think Clarke Rubber bought the company and for a while it was a Clarke Rubber store. I think it is now a mix of offices and retail.
Apart from the building in the picture, there weren't other factory/warehouse type buildings in that part of South Yarra to my knowledge.
I have asked this elsewhere today but do any of my readers know anything about it?