21 March 2011

89 Wilson Street, Moonee Ponds, VIC, Australia

It's just a little ugly but nothing too bad, right? Right ...?
This place simply confuses me. From the side, it just looks like somebody has taken an old shop/light industry and done it up into a residence. There's nothing wrong with it, though it's not really to my tastes - besides being a bit bricky and blocky, it commits the sin of glass bricks, and corrugated iron really shouldn't be used for much beyond garden sheds. Though I suppose it does stick with the building's industrial heritage. It's honestly a welcome bit of urban renewal, and we need more of this sort of thing. If this particular renovation is to your tastes, then more power to you.

Well as long as you don't walk around the front ...
But then go around the front. It looks like an absolutely dingy abandoned shop! The brick wall across the front is totally uninviting, splotchy, graffitied, and in urgent need of a lick o' paint and some repairs. To add to all that, although its structural integrity seems fine, the windows are perplexingly at a slight angle to the wall.  I don't know about you, but I would be completely embarrassed if this were the front of my house. What is this, a residence or an abandoned hardware shop? Make up your mind!

A closer view, just in case you had any doubts about its dinginess.
Perhaps the front is heritage listed? Well, no amount of Googling indicated anything of the sort, and even heritage protection wouldn't prohibit some cosmetic repairs. However, Google did turn up a couple of interesting results. Firstly, a Government Gazette of 3 March 1948 (pdf) reveals some of this building's heritage; it wasn't a hardware shop but the home to "Dynamic Engineering", who had applied to the Transport Regulation Board to register a commercial goods vehicle in conjunction with their work as building and civil engineering contractors. Secondly, well, this is just a bit weird. It's some new age-y sort of group's newsletter, and it gives this address for the "New Environmental Technologies Annual Conference Administration Centre", complete with an appeal for more office staff to help out with the organisation. Zuh? The building doesn't much look it to me. Then again, I suppose they are the sort of people who are likely to engage in the renovation of an old building. And that newsletter is from February 1998. Not sure what the deal is here; if it is or was some group's offices, there is no indication these days of that function.

Whatever the case, I think the key point here is: if you're going to engage in a bit of urban renewal, at least go all the way and spruce up the whole damn thing. This decaying and neglected front wall, along with an abandoned shop on the corner with Fanny Street, are unsightly blemishes on Wilson Street, otherwise one of the nicest streets in Moonee Ponds. Walking along it in summer is an absolute joy; it has so many beautiful old houses with well-kept, fragrant front gardens. It's one of those streets that illustrates why I love this part of the world so much. It's just a shame #89 is one of the first impressions when you come in from the east.

Rating: Damnable.

3 comments:

  1. Walshe and Whitelock are a disgrace. I am sadly currently a tenant and am in the process of after 3 months if battles taking them to VCAT for compensation. I wish l knew about and read this blog 3 month's ago before signing a lease with them. I can't believe how dishonest they are. They should be closed down!

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  2. My partner is having issues with this agency at the moment. I am so mad because they rented him a house that is beyong liveable. The real estate agent that was running the inspection told him that the house would be fixed before my partner would move in... Absolutely nothing has been done!from broken windows,to falling apart kitchen, tiles missing, mould in kitchen and bathroom,grease and dust impossible to het rif of, not cold water because we found out that the copper feom the plumbing is missing and the list goes on and on. Now I am waiting for them to contact me back, I guess I can wait for it to happen.

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  3. My partner is having issues with this agency at the moment. I am so mad because they rented him a house that is beyong liveable. The real estate agent that was running the inspection told him that the house would be fixed before my partner would move in... Absolutely nothing has been done!from broken windows,to falling apart kitchen, tiles missing, mould in kitchen and bathroom,grease and dust impossible to het rif of, not cold water because we found out that the copper feom the plumbing is missing and the list goes on and on. Now I am waiting for them to contact me back, I guess I can wait for it to happen.

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