Category Archives: Heritage

City Baths celebrate 150th anniversary

City Baths

City Baths [Source: Wikimedia]

Opened in 1860 to provide bathing facilities for the public, Melbourne’s City Baths celebrate their 150th anniversary today. The current building was constructed between 1903-04 to competition winning designs by J. J. Clark and his son, E. J. Clark. Responding to a complex triangular site, the well planned building contained two large swimming baths and associated changing facilities, as well as slipper baths, spray baths, Jewish Mikva baths and Turkish Baths. Restoration and alteration work from 1981-83 included the addition of spas, saunas, squash courts and a gymnasium.

New State Government and City of Melbourne planning committee

Planning Minister Justin Madden has announced details of a new joint State Government and City of Melbourne committee that will assess developments larger than 25,000 square metres. The Central City Standing Advisory Committee will give the City of Melbourne greater involvement in major planning decisions in the CBD. Members of the committee are:

  • Mr David Buckingham (Chair);
  • Ms Chris Gallagher (Victorian Government);
  • Ms Gaye McKenzie (Victorian Government);
  • Mr Rodger Eade (Victorian Government Alternate Member);
  • Prof Rob Adams (City of Melbourne);
  • Cr Peter Clarke (City of Melbourne); and
  • Cr Jennifer Kanis (City of Melbourne alternate member).

The first applications to be assessed by the Committee will be 80 Collins Street and the former Naval and Military Club, 23-35 Little Collins Street.

Le-Louvre, 74 Collins Street

Le Louvre, 74 Collins Street [Source: National Trust]

In a related article, The Age reports on the emerging heritage debate over the future of the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street.

Heritage review for Melbourne’s street art

Skirt Lifter, Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane street art [Source: Melbourne Street Art]

Heritage Victoria has been asked by Planning Minister Justin Madden to undertake a study assessing the heritage value of culturally significant street art in Melbourne as well as identifying key street art areas. The report will advise on how Melbourne’s street art can be appropriately recognised and catalogued. The announcement follows the much publicised removal of a Banksy stencil by council workers.

Previous campaigning for the need to recognise street art includes Keith Haring’s mural in Collingwood. The work, dating from 1984, was subsequently included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Industrial heritage podcast

Robur Tea Building, 1888, Architect Nahum-Barnet

Robur Tea Building, 1888, Architect: Nahum Barnet [Source: Victorian Heritage Database]

Sir Neil Cossons, former chairman of English Heritage, recently presented the 2010 Heritage Address. His talk focused on the conservation and preservation of industrial heritage worldwide. Heritage Victoria has made a podcast of the address available.

Windsor redevelopment gains planning support

Denton Corker Marshall’s proposal for the redevelopment of the Windsor Hotel has received broad support from senior planners at Melbourne City Council […]