A cornerstone of Carlton

This superb project boasts a high-profile city fringe location, with two large street frontages and a large land area. The property was purpose-built for the ANZ bank, which had vacated as part of the its downsizing program. The property was bought vacant possession in a very dilapidated state. The entire upper levels had been totally disconnected from the ground floor, with the original grand staircase removed by the bank for security. This made it an especially interesting purchase, as there was no access to inspect the two levels above the ground floor.

Once restored, the interiors were nothing less than stunning with extremely high ceilings, over 14-feet, large ornate cornices and beautiful ceiling centres. There was even an internal galley lift between floors.

Around the perimeter of the property there was a small piece of vacant land, an L-shape that wrapped around from Elgin Street through to Drummond Street.

This was eventually developed, to make full use of the land. After much meticulous work, the result is a beautifully restored three-level heritage building, adjoined by a complementary modern addition – a quirky retail space which was first leased to Witchery.