I took this photo with my phone some months ago. I remember it as a Harley Davidson motorcycle showroom, called Harley Heaven. Will it be saved as a highrise apartment building goes up on the A'Beckett Street site?
Kind of. The facade will be kept with a decent set back for the tower behind it.
While I am not exactly what it's original purpose was, it seems like it may have a printing works, which makes sense. Before it was emptied of Harleys, it was Brent's Motors, selling Jaguars and Rovers. Before then it was the home of Commonwealth Motors, selling Hillman and Vauxhall cars. In another life, it sold Citroen cars.
Facadism is a popular way to save some of an old building. I have quite mixed thoughts about it. We have some terrible examples of it here in Melbourne and perhaps at times the building may as well be demolished rather than end up looking absurdly bad. I'm interested to hear your thoughts about facadism. Good? Bad? Can be done well? Examples?