Friday, June 03, 2016

Shed a tear

This little seemingly well maintained building, Burton’s Carriage Workshop at 50 La Trobe Street, has a significant history as both an historic building and a rather old one by Melbourne standards, dating back to 1868. By its style, it had a Victorian make over at some poinit.


City of Melbourne has approved its demolition for......guess...... a smart block of apartments to be built on the site. From what I can read, the demolition of this building will provide laneway to the block of apartments. City of Melbourne, you are an utter disgrace for destroying our historical buildings.

The building's sister next door has already been destroyed.


Why is our history and our historical buildings being destroyed with the approval of City of Melbourne? This is disgraceful and shameful that we are still allowing our remaining fineVictorian heritage to be destroyed.

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  1. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU NICE BUILDING

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  2. For money, taxes on the newer property to be built? I don't know. Same thing goes on here.

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    1. Strayer, the council would say no, but there must be an element of that to it.

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  3. Definitely a disgrace. Sigh. And hiss and spit.

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  4. Now that is a disgrace.

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    1. You tell 'em Marie, from London.

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  5. That is a shame. I've seen developments in Sydney where the historic building has been retained and refreshed with the new building constructed over and/or around it. Some of these projects have been quite tasteful, others less so. At least some of the history was retained.

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    1. Victor, as has been done here, and it is strange that it wasn't in this case.

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  6. Because your councils are as bad as ours all after the profits.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, probably true and sad to say.

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  7. It's a beautiful building. Why can't they build some internal support structure and keep the building as a cover for the laneway with maybe an apartment left in the upper part of the building?

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    1. River, that is exactly what could have been done. It all just comes down to maximising profits for developers.

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  8. Oh gosh, I just hate it when they tear down lovely old buildings - all is lost then.

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    1. Margaret, so true and there is not going back. The are lost forever.

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  9. Grrr. New apartments are a disgrace. So cheaply built, they won't last the test of time at all.

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    1. Fen, while where you now live there are some very high quality developments, for wealthy widows to buy, your old stamping ground north of the city has some really shockingly cheap apartment developments. Some may argue it makes them affordable, but I prefer the argument that good design does not have to be expensive. And what about the new shocker medical practice in High Street opposite your local pool. There once sat a lovely old house with a very nice garden, occupied by an older couple, in my memory. He was often leaning on the fence watching the world go by.

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  10. What were the National Trust and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, with their all-important register of buildings to be protected, doing? Sitting on their hands? Moping about bloody, insensitive councils? The Victorian Heritage Act 1995 is worth sod-all, it would seem.

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    1. Hels, it seems we can't rely on either to protect our lesser buildings. It is down to local councils and City of Melbourne is certainly wanting in this area, probably deliberately.

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