www.dezeen.com is currently featuring a (very good) apartment building in Hawthorn, that has unfortunately resulted in the loss of the middle section of a beautifully intact row of a 19th century commercial terrace on Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East. Those who know the high profile site will recall that the demolition of the two intact terraces revealed some unexpected original (slightly earlier) 19th century signage. This was visible on the site during construction earlier this year.
Last night I posted some comments relating to the adverse heritage impacts associated with this development. The comments related to the fact that despite there being no heritage overlay, the architects featured in this high profile story on dezeeen obviously must have understood the destructive nature of their intervention on the intact 19th century row of terraces. I actually think the building is very good - but in this location it has resulted in the wrecking of the centre of a beautifully intact row of commercial terraces.
Dezeen, it seems, is unhappy to have any sort of critical discussion on its site, and this morning had removed both my post and a photograph of the row of shops construction of the new building (see below). So, thanks to the moderators on Urban Melbourne for your ongoing support of robust and respectful critical discussion and, yes, sometimes disagreement over important urban issues like this. It is a shame others opt for the more clumsy and disingenuous approach of outright censorship of critical commentary - particularly when the article in question goes on about the "historic" sensitivities of the design in various ways!
Here is the intact terrace row just a few months ago before the new building was "inserted" in the middle:
Can Hawthorn afford to lose its local heritage villages? I'm sure regular Urban Melbourne readers and forum participants will have their own views on that, but at least they can respond on this forum.