Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Albany

Orbanie or albanie. We use both in Australia but in this case, it is orbanie. There was a gay pub called The Albany in Sydney's Oxford Street where we may have spent some time in the 1990s.

However this Albany is in Toorak Road West, South Yarra and was once a private home then turned into hotel accommodation quite a long time ago, I think as what looks to be 1960s addition was attached to the hotel. The addition has been demolished and I have no idea what will be built on the site. Obviously the former Victorian period home will remain.....ah, well, it would be a crime if it did not.


Far left is that damn St Kilda Road high rise again.


To the right in the photo was the now demolished addition.

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  1. I do hope that home does remain. And would like to see how they treating the interior when they did the conversion.

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    1. EC, I will try to keep an eye on it, but it is off my normal beaten path.

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  2. Private home turned into a hotel....that must have been some home.

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    1. Sandra, we have many of these large old Victorian houses with multiple bedrooms. Some are even still in use as homes, obviously owned by very rich people.

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  3. That is a big house, hard to heat.
    Merle......

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    1. Merle, easy to heat if you are rich enough to afford hydronic heating, with hot water radiators in every room.

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  4. The demolished section was the series of ivy framed windows? I hope what they build in its place is sympathetic in style with the lovely old building next door.

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    1. River, correct. That is what has gone. The demolished building was much improved by being covered by ivy.

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  5. The old house was nice

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    1. Gosia, it will be interesting to see what happens to it.

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  6. Goodness the Victorians had a wonderful sense of style, that's a lovely old building Andrew, will be tres interesting to see what goes up next door, hopefully you will show us oui! I enjoyed your Gracetown post, I wonder if I would have been as brave at sixteen, I didn't have all my phobias back then.. deep water etc. and oh yes, horses :)

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    1. Grace, it will either be hotel accommodation and very expensive at that, or apartments with the old house incorporated, as has happened to Albert Park Manor across the road from us. I do suffer from heights I might say. I am fine on the balcony looking over the edge until I imagine dropping something. And I have dropped things. Enough to make a post from it. Thanks.

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    2. Yikes.. and that's just thinking about looking over your balcony :)

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  7. Be very interesting to see how the developers enhance or destroy the building.

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    1. It will be Marie. I am only assuming the original building will be kept intact. It does have some government protection, but that is not a guarantee.

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  8. It was actually The Albury! The bar across the road, The Beauchamp, was known as The Wodonga.

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    1. So it was James. Thanks. I did not know The Beauchamp had another name. What was the other pub on the same side as The Albury?

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  9. The Albury is now a collection of small businesses, vacant spaces and outlying (St Vincents) hospital related services.

    I remember one of the Religious Sisters telling me some years back that the Albury and properties near to it would one day be connected to the Private Hospital by air bridge as wing extensions.

    I don't know if these 'plans' still exist. Funding, no doubt, is a major issue.

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    1. Victor, here there has been battles by locals against the Cabrini Hospital, the hospital that ate Malvern. St Vees is eating up Sydney's eastern suburbs!

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