This is a precious old building left intact in the middle of an area of rapid development. Now that it is far from the ships that it services, I hope it doesn’t suffer the fate of the Mission at Prt Melbourne (now Beacon Cove). A mishmash of spanish mission and arts and crafts styles, the building is full of the unexpected. The Norla Gymnasium is an example – roughly hewn, it is instantly my favorite dome interior – but I haven’t been to Rome. Let’s hope they do the mooted refurb sensitively. The chapel is hard to describe, and impossible to photograph without a wide lens, so visit it. Of interest are the pulpit shaped like the back of a galleon, and the varying naive modern(?) stained glass windows. The bar (which is open to the public every day) is a great space too, particularly its shallow vault, and broken beer bottle bar front. This complex complex was designed by Walter Butler and built in 1916 to 1917. The name was apparently changed from Mission to Seamen to Mission to Seafarer in 2000, for unknown reasons.
“Bushbunker is an architecturally designed bushfire safety bunker concept that has been envisioned in response to the horrific Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. The design addresses the limitations of the Victorian Governments revised building standards for bushfire prone areas, as well as the critical shortcomings of current market solutions.”
National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600
ph: +61 2 6102 7000
f: +61 2 6102 7001
Commencing construction in July 2009.
Designed by organic architect Laurie Virr in 1975.
Donovan Hill designed portable housing.
Worth a visit from time to time. Generally well-curated exhibitions in some interesting buildings by McGlashan Everist and, more recently, O’Connor and Houle.
180 St Kilda Road
[27-29 St Georges Terrace]
[corner of Hindley Street and Fenn Place]
[1 Farrer Place]
[4 Thornhill Drive]
71 Clissold Road
Ph: (02) 9989 8020
1C Mrs. Macquaries Road,
The Domain Sydney 2000
Ph: 02 9358 6686
[Australian Academy of Science]