Her daughter, Georgina Weir, took over the business and wanted to place apartments on the top of the shop. After a long battle, and threats by Ms Weir to turn the ground level into a greasy take away shop, she was given permission to build including the installation of a lift that would also benefit her customers. It did not happen and I can't find out why without serious research, and since when do I ever do that.
It would seem Ms Weir snapped up an old 1927 Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board electrical substation in Daly Street, South Yarra. I wonder if the substation had rotary converters or the more colourful and exciting mercury rectifiers. The City Le Louvre has been sold. Just as I was there to take a snap of the old substation, the front window was going in with the Le Louvre sign. One day when I am taking photos of a building with workers, one of them is going to be displeased and chase me. Don't worry, I won't fight, just obediently submit.
Daly Street is undergoing a transformation with a high rise apartment building under construction and another Art Hotel, Olsen, opening soon.
Hmm, just discovered Daly Street has an interesting past. An opportunistic builder by the name of Alcock erected twenty two cheap houses on tiny blocks on either side of Tramway Street, as it was then known, probably called so because it ran behind the old cable tram engine house. The houses were later sold to a real estate agent called Daly, and the street acquired the name of Daly Town. In 1910, just twenty five years after they were built, the houses were condemned and the tenants forced to leave. Most were demolished with those remaining being renovated. No sign of the houses now.
Just to finish up, there now seems to be a walkway between Claremont and Yarra Streets, between two building. I understand a new project at the end of Daly Street will allow for a wide walkway, perhaps plaza, through to Yarra Street. I don't think it will be of much use to most people. A local lane for local people.
Nothing like a bit of well polished copper
Oh yes, it does look like a tramway building. Tramway green on the door in the arch and the building is of the style that many tramway buildings were constructed. A very fine building saved. Doubt Planning Minister Madden had anything to do with it. I can't verify it but since I have written the bulk of this post, I have been told it did have (a) rectifiers and it last operated not so long ago.