These are the Jewish alms houses. Hels will correct me if I am wrong but they were for poor elderly Jewish people to live. They have been replaced by the rather ugly Montifiore care place for the elderly. I like where I live. Should I put my name there on a waiting list? I don't remember the alms houses but a friend who is approaching 80 does remember them. Weren't they just delightful in appearance. They were in St Kilda Road at the corner of Union Street.
I certainly remember these houses. It is extraordinary that they were demolished and such an ugly building, the former St Kilda Road Police Station building erected.
What is now there was going to be turned into apartments with the developer wanting some extraordinary planning exemptions which I guess were generally denied, and office space within the building is now being leased out.
Now, well a few years ago when I took this photo.
There is a rather horrid building on this site now, built by developer Floyd Podgornik who committed suicide within the building. At the corner of Park Street and St Kilda Road was the Casa de Manana or as it was known at times, the Case of Bananas. It was a favourite watering hole for tram staff at the former South Melbourne tram depot and Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works staff who shared the same site as the tram depot. A little of Floyd's building can be seen in the photo below of the Hallmark.
As you can see, it was altered significantly. I remember it as the bottom photo.
On the opposite corner of Park Street and St Kilda Road was Sleights Funeral Home.
It was replaced by a high rise hotel called The Travelodge, at some point renamed to Holiday Inn. It was converted into apartments in the early 2000s.
As The Travelodge.
What replaced it was the offices of AAMI Insurance. An acquaintance worked there at night dealing with calls from people who had banged up their cars. I believe the building is now empty and a developer wishes to to demolish the office building for apartments, no doubt a high rise.
This is a painting of Illoura and the synagogue on the far side of St Kilda Road that can be seen in my blog header photo. In a book about Whelan the Wrecker one worker was quoted at being quite distressed to be demolishing such a wonderful building. The perspective of the painting seems quite wrong.
This now sits where Illoura once decorated the street. It too is called Illoura (Plaza) but its life is limited as has been lined up for demolition too.
This was the home of the Victorian Racing Club but it was demolished and our apartment building was built here in 1999.