This little barber shop occupied space on Caledonian Lane, in between a tailor and a mattress shop. The storekeepers had been worked beside one another for about 30 years, I was told. In 2004, ill health meant the barber had to close. A Japanese cafe held the space for a few years after that. The Myer-owned building has been empty this year and has been covered in graffiti, paving the way for its demolition.
Here is a little gallery of photos taken inside and outside the barber shop in 2004, during a measure up.
The Naval and Military club at 25-35 Little Collins Street is to be demolished soon and replaced by a 32 storey hotel and apartment complex. The club went under in 2008 after some failed property deals – the building, which opened in 1967, has been subject to development proposals in 2000 (18 storey, rejected by council and approved at VCAT) and 2008 (24 storeys, approved). The 2000 proposal was opposed by the nearby Melbourne Club, the famous garden of which would have been cast in morning shadow.
The latest proposal, which was approved in 2010, is by Buchan Group – some images can be seen here (soon), and here is the planning report (PDF).
The planning report states (#73) that:
“The subject site is not affected by any heritage overlay and is not a graded building under Council’s Central Activities District Conservation Study 1984. The demolition of the existing building on the site does not raise any issues relating to heritage.”
The current building is registered at Heritage Victoria in its “Heritage Inventory Site” category, which doesn’t have much clout.
According to this post at Walking Melbourne, the architects could have been Oakley & Parkes & Partners, or Demaine, Russell, Trundle, Armstrong & Orton.