This 1905 photo shows what was Paterson’s Great Furniture Warehouse. The redevelopment includes business premises in the existing floors and apartments to the new floors above. Former first floor tenant Rice Queen relocated to Brunswick St as the redevelopment began and the space was recently advertised. The finished apartments are planned to look like this.

10161 Fitzroy history - from furniture store to apartments

Courtesy the Fitzroy local history collection / ID: 10161 / artist: unknown / copyright: expired – image is in the public domain / c1905

smithstapartments Fitzroy history - from furniture store to apartments

Fitzroy history – from furniture store to apartments

2 thoughts on “Fitzroy history – from furniture store to apartments

  • 16 June 2013 at 3:57 pm

    It’s great that the developer had to put back some sort of parapet with the permit to develop the new addition on top, but it’s unfortunate that they weren’t required to accurately match the historic parapet as shown in the photograph. It would be nice to see those original timber arched windows recreated and reinstalled, too. Why do we continue to maintain such low standards in Australia when it comes to the restoration of heritage fabric in profitable developments like this?

  • 18 June 2013 at 11:14 pm

    The answer to that is developers and their town planning consultants tend to moan and bitch how hard done by they are because of d̶u̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶c̶e̶s̶s̶ bureaucratic processes. Therefore the ruling elites here have adopted a process of facilitation, so to speak. I know of one developer in particular (and his planning consultant) who pretty much stated in no uncertain terms that that govts should act to prevent local impediments, namely objecting ratepayers and council red tape.


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