The lass in the ABC shop lamented that as she was working both days, she could not do Melbourne Open House. She was under 30 and we were two gay men past 50. She had the appropriate ABC shop snootiness, but was kind of friendly too. Let us just conclude she measured her tones.
Well shop assistant person, I have to work on Sunday at a very unglamorous job, so I can't do Open House either, but I can do it today. Strike this one from the list on Saturday. Strike that one, but still plenty left.
This year's event was attended by Victoria Thornton who started London's open house scheme in 1992.
We tried for the the ANZ Gothic Bank. I don't know why. You can see the features anyway if you go to the bank??? The queue was very long. We bailed.
Myer Mural Hall, so easy. Gorgeous.
I am a veteran of Melbourne Open House, that is I did it last year. I know how it works.
Her Majesty's Theatre. How lucky can you be if you get the theatre manager to show you around.
Something old, something new, something blue. I wasn't getting married but I like to counter balance the marvellous old against the new, and the Grollo Pixel building did not disappoint. Can you not appreciate the greenest building in the world?
As Pixel is not inhabited by tenants, it's methane generation electrical system is not working well. To put it nicely, it needs more shit. It is about to be occupied by the mangers of the of the CUB redevelopment site, so I expect the lack of shit will be remedied.
The Myer Mural Hall is used for fashion parades and similar events. Is it the finest Art Deco interior in Australia? You be the judge.
If you need to make a grand entrance..
When the best Art Deco is not enough, we saw some more at Her Majesty's Theatre. Those of us of a certain age will remember the present owner Mike Walsh, of daytime tv fame. HM is in competition with the David Marriner owned Regent and Princess theatres. HM wins by being very accommodating to producers. The personal touch, you might say. Back stage is an absolute rabbit warren. If you put together all the stairs we traipsed, they would reach the moon.
HM used to have the original portrait of Dame Nellie, but it is now in the National Gallery of Victoria.
The wall of fame somewhere backstage. There were some very famous names. This shot has the late Ricky May, among others.
Maggie Smith loves Melbourne.
The north facing wall of the Pixel building. Lots of shading and glare reduction from the hot summer sun.
Not quite as much shading on the western wall and there was very little on the southern wall.
Wind turbines, solar panels, rooftop garden beds. With average annual rainfall, the building could almost be self sufficient with only a small amount of black waste discharged to the sewer.
It wasn't that long ago that truck after truck of barrels of beer would depart Carlton United Breweries. The buildings are mostly gone.
Did you want another stylish interior? We had to go to David Jones to buy something. I had never been in their lift. Nice nice.