From the Victorian Heritage Database:
The school building was sited for optimal viewing from Alexander[sic] Avenue. The low lying land in the foreground was utilized for a sports oval and the land in between was terraced with steps, paths and roadways. This resulted in uninterrupted views of the impressive building from the north and west. The school has carefully maintained this uninterrupted skyline by limiting the height of all subsequent buildings and locating them to the east and south of the main building.
Well, so much for that then.
At a reunion a few years ago, they warned us that this building was coming. At the time I looked at the artist’s impression and thought: no way would someone allow that monstrosity to ruin the view.
But they did. That’s not CGI, that’s how it looks today from the street and/or the passing train.
In fact, it about at its best in that photo. In duller light, it just looks like a rusty blob.
I’m not normally one to cling to the past — progress is important — but so is heritage, and I think that’s a bit of a shame.
There’s another building, out of shot, a respectable distance to the right.
I know this area of South Yarra is growing rapidly, and I know there are cases like this right across Melbourne and the rest of the western world… but I hope the grand old school building isn’t going to get completely dominated by new stuff.