Some of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings are the art deco buildings which line the streets and laneways of the CBD… such as the Manchester Unity Building, Nicholas Building and Carlow House. They are such a valuable part of Melbourne’s beautiful city character. It’s almost impossible to imagine the CBD without them.
The deco facade of Lonsdale House was designed in 1934-35 by I G Anderson, to combine two 19th Century buildings. This beautiful building is earmarked for demolition due to Myer’s re-development of their Lonsdale St store… and rumour has it, possibly a new Apple store in the CBD?
I don’t often jump on the ‘good cause’ bandwagon or express my political views on this blog… but I feel in this case compelled to share this sad news! I also feel that most of you would agree that it would be an awful shame to see this building demolished to make way for a new development? Don’t get me wrong, I love my Apple laptop… but wouldn’t it be nice to go shopping in a beautiful re-purposed art deco building, instead of a slick new shiny glass box?
What you can do
- Sign the petition! (I just did – there are only 866 signatures so far… come on!!)
- Visit the Save Lonsdale House website to learn more about the proposed development
- Blog it, Tweet it – spread the word! The internet is a powerful vehicle to make a difference…
Lets get cracking!