Have a listen back to our ABC Radio conversation on Abandoned Buildings and Heritage Places in Melbourne and across Victoria. You’ll find an interview with me among the many speakers!
Restore, rebuild or raze? Debate rages over the fate of our grand old buildings
From the Murtoa Stick Shed in the Wimmera, to the historic Curtin Hotel in Carlton, Victoria’s architectural landscape is awash with heritage-listed buildings saved from demolition.
But for every success there are stories of demise – as observed by comedian Barry Humphries in 1978 who asked, “why not call ourselves Mutilated Melbourne?”
The question of whether Victoria’s capital city is deserving of such a colourful aphorism is front of centre in this edition of the Conversation Hour.
Banner Image: Melbourne’s historic Young and Jackson Hotel, as photographed by Angus O’Callaghan, circa 1968-71. The building was constructed in 1860 and is protected by a heritage overlay. (Angus O’Callaghan)
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