Apple building
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For anyone who loves Melbourne, there’s such a cornucopia of crap coming down the line, that it’s difficult to choose among. In Russell Street, there’s been a pitched battle to save the 1920s Theosophical Society building -- a fine Manhattan-style metropolitan building, which is part of a pre-war block -- from demolition, for a (in my subjective opinion) joyless, sterile, historyless glass and steel box hotel that would replace it.

The laneways/heritage precinct on Little Bourke near the Elizabeth Street corner is about to be wrecked, because the building that anchors it -- the Chicago-style "moderne" century-old Melbourne House -- is to be demolished to be replaced by, guess what, a sterile new hotel.