Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cowderoy Street and a vale

Local reporter and tv newsreader Dan Webb died last week. He was quite old, in his nineties I think. I published this in 2012 and mentioned I had seen him a couple of years ago. So that would be about 7 years ago since I last saw him. He presents an amusing piece in a clip that I doubt ever went to air. The more things change, the more they stay the same. See it at this link below.

http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/drains.html

R used to live in Cowderoy Street, in the same block of apartments where our Hairdresser Friend now lives. She rents and has lived in three different apartments there in the period of well over a decade. Opposite her building is the now empty, deserted and decaying Beaconsfield Hotel. You can bet developers have their eyes on that site.

'The Beak' for a period had a gay night, Wednesday night, I think. We had a few very good nights there. However, it is more famous for being the hotel where the late cricketer David Hookes had been drinking, and after being punched by a bouncer (guard), he fell and hit his head on the pavement outside and died in hospital the next day. The bouncer was later found not guilty of manslaughter.


I think R and I had been for a beachside brunch and as we walked back along Cowderoy Street to the car parked in Park Street we noticed this rather nice block of apartments. I like it heaps.


I'd put money on those lights at the entrance being the originals.


Not so sure about the balcony lights, but at least every apartment balcony has the same and they probably are of the right period.

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  1. You are right about those apartments. They look very stylish indeed.

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    1. EC, and wouldn't I love furnishing with the appropriate furniture.

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  2. Interesting reporting style. He would have done well on Sydney talk radio.

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    1. Victor, quite out of character for him. He was an old style newsreader.

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  3. Progress progresses and if, sadly, the Beaconsfield Hotel has been left to decay and crumble with no one interested enough in restoring it to its former glory, then the only ways to go is down first, and then up with a new building.

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    1. Lee, I believe it is called demolition by neglect and it is quite an effective means.

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  4. That is a nice looking apartment block, well kept and clean. Being older, the rooms are probably a good size too, although back then kitchens were small and barely functional.
    I wouldn't like to see a huge apartment building going up in place of the Beaconsfield, but probably that's what will happen.

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    1. River, quite true about the kitchens. No doubt they have been modernised but perhaps still very small. Readings Hels post below, maybe it will be saved.

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  5. The Beaconsfield Hotel, one of my favourites location-wise, was designed by one of my favourite late Victorian architects, William Pitt. It is now a two storey building with those solid towers at the sides, and could be renovated in a heartbeat. Capitalist destroyers make me sick.

    *High 5* Andrew on your love of Deco. Me too.

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    1. Hels, surely being a William Pitt building, it can't be demolished. Btw, I have learnt to hug and almost feel comfortable doing it, but I haven't learnt and have no intention of learning to high 5, let that rather odd matching of knuckles.

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    2. That's a fist bump.

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  6. The Deco apartment is much more stylish than the ones cropping up in my neighbourhood here in the Docklands and I reckon it will probably last longer too.

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    1. Ad Rad, I haven't seen it so much where you are, but there are areas where there are some real shockers being built. I can't see them lasting much over twenty years. There are quite a few in Lygon Street, Brunswick.

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  7. It's such a shame to be a lovely building being left alone and not used for something.

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    1. Margaret, it could be turned into a pretty high end and expensive apartment block, giving good profits to a developer, but no, they want the lot, a highrise building on the site, I am sure.

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  8. Great building with palm trees

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    1. Gosia, trust you to notice the palm trees.

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  9. The Beaconsfield reminded me a wee bit of the Guildford Hotel which was also neglected for years, i think the owners would very much liked to have sold the land for a fortune but thankfully public protest saved it and it's been restored beautifully as you saw. Hopefully the Beaconsfield will be restored also. As for the apartments they are fabulous, that is classic Art Deco style, j'adore!

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