Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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My fingers did something on the keyboard and deleted today's post. How annoying. Here is a quickie then.

This classic apartment block in Adams Street, South Yarra looked set for demolition. This is post renovation, but it looked similar before the works began. We liked it.


The work was very slow, over at least two years or more, but eventually it all came together. R and myself chatted to one of the residents and she just loves her apartment and living there. The photo above is from street side. Below is what we see from The Highrise. Yes, yes, yes, renovate, reinvent, extend, adapt but don't demolish. Pretty stylish hey. I would hate to look at prices, but they would be mind blowing.


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  1. Fascinating architecture. I hate to see buildings demolished instead of renovated.
    Have a pleasant day, Andrew;)

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    1. So do I, Sandra. Thanks.

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  2. Looks great. Tempted to move?

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    1. Marie, we could perhaps to almost a changeover price, but I wouldn't like people like me looking down on me.

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  3. Goddess damn them! How DARE they demolish such lovely Art Deco architecture! I do love the way the renovation is hidden from the street to maintain the Art Deco quality ; a few shops in Atherton Rd Oakleigh got similar treatment, three storey apartments set and stepped back from street view.
    But to completely demolish this....!
    Philistines !

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    1. Jayne, that is one way to keep existing buildings, and I prefer that to demolition of really good and sound buildings.

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  4. Much better than demolishing. I wonder how much?

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    1. Diane, let me check. No, I cannot see a history of anything recent sales while. I would guess with some education, $800 for a two bedroom. Maybe more if it is really nice inside. They should be given the time the gutting and rebuilding took.

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  5. Your lovely Adams Street South Yarra property is one of Melbourne's passion for Art Deco (1925-39), as Jayne pointed out. Even the glass wall panels seem original.

    I would take destroyers of special houses and flats outside and publicly hang them by their whatsits from the veranda they are about to demolish.

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    1. Hels, I suitable punishment in my opinion, but such is happening all over the suburb where you reside.

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  6. I don't like the street side look, it seems odd to me, but I'm not sure what it is that is putting me off. The view you see is nicer but still not appealing to me. I saw a nice Art Deco apartment building here while scrolling the real estate sites.

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    1. River, no Australian is ever bored by talking about or looking at real estate. You should show us your nice real estate finds.

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  7. Looks alright but it really does't fit with brick for me it doesn't.

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    1. Margaret, I am not quite sure about your point, but from the front you don't see the modern back and from the back, you don't see the deco front.

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  8. Australia is such a big country ..... why?

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    1. Lady J, do you mean why do we live in close quarters in some areas? Some of us prefer the anonymity that such give us.

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  9. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was a cinema. I notice that the glass panes in the round projecting window are all flat; in an original Deco building they would certainly have been rounded.

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    1. Cro, I agree with your point about rounded windows, but I did take photos years ago and the windows have been like that for a long time. I've just noticed the multi coloured brickwork. Yes, it isn't classic art deco, but rather nice.

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    2. It certainly doesn't warrant being demolished.

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  10. When time is of the essence, there is nothing quite like a quickie, I say!

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    1. Lee, how terribly Spanish, slam bam. I must say, quick and clean and happy can be very good.

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  11. I'm ever grateful they keep the facades of these gorgeous old buildings Andrew. I got a definite Art Deco vibe as soon as I saw it.. would loooove to see inside an apartment ☺

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    1. Grace, me too. I'd love to see inside one of them.

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  12. I like how they kept the main building and added a modern twist at the back. Looks great.

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    1. Sami, yes it was a sympathetic renovation, in my opinion.

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  13. I actually put in an objection to a proposed development last week. It had NO provision for parking, it had applied for an exemption. It's on Malvern Rd. It's just complete BS.

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    1. One of those monster apartment blocks that have seen the demolition of so many substantial houses? It is a shame, especially as many were in first class condition.

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