Sunday, September 28, 2008

Out and about in St Kilda #4

Residents and activists fought ever so hard against this development behind and at the side of the Esplanade Hotel, The Espy. They had some success in having its size reduced, but really what was the point. St Kilda's Upper Esplanade streetscape has been ruined and it wasn't just this project.

16 comments:

  1. I think it has certain art decor style ellegance to it. Give it another eighty years and the descendents of the people who hated it will be trying to stop it from being pulled down.

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  2. How sad. It was such a nice stretch through there. Pushed through by VCAT? They are such vandals.

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  3. Not enough imagination or inspiration to keep it.
    Bulldoze it and put in a lovely neo-gothic revival building that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the area ;)

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  4. I say build a coal-fired power station once we demolish it. Provide employment for all those "riff raff".

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  5. Can't see it lasting eighty years Brian.

    Perhaps back in the days of St Moritz Bliss.

    They can do it in England and Europe Jayne. We cannot.

    The old powerhouse on the bank of the Thames is an art gallery now Reuben. Stranger things have happened than your suggestion.

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  6. A joke. Abomination. Insult.

    Glad I don't go there anymore.

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  7. There is still a little nostalgia visible to wallow in Robert.

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  8. Anonymous11:00 am

    Should have demolished The Espy while they were at it and made the apartment block a lot bigger with luvly cafes on street level for the latte sippin yuppies who will move in there.

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  9. Sometimes Anon, the saving of something and the building of something new next to it is a worse result than demolishing the original.

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  10. In that case, I must have neglected to mention that it should be painted a garish pink colour.

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  11. I've heard there's a tunnel from the pub's basement to the lower esplandade.

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  12. Robert, if every rumour of Melbourne tunnels were true, then there would be nothing to sink foundations into.

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  13. This one is true.

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  14. It runs beneath the upper esplanade roadway to the lower esplanade wall. There are vaults in that wall: tiny caverns, one was an ice cream place years ago. Maybe they're all sealed now, I don't know.

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  15. Could well be Robert, but why would there be a tunnel?

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  16. There's a few reasons, and the topography would inspire the idea. It may have been a 'folly'. You don't get much folly nowadays (strange looking houses, etc) people are tame, hostile to anything unusual.
    There was a rumour that Archbishop Mannix and John Wren had a tunnel between their residences. They lived close to one another, on the hill in Studley Park Road, Kew. Anyway I do like tunnels, I'd like a private one, bored through solid rock. It would run from a cellar to the beach, barred gates each end.

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