Golden hour in Guildford Lane ✨
How’s his beautiful shot by @joannetrzcinski!
Almost all of the red brick buildings you see here were built from the 1880s to the 1920s. They're very well preserved but not heritage listed.
The precincts' only protection over the past 100 to 130 years has been its restricted height limit. Because of this height limit, apartment buildings haven't taken over Guildford Lane (yet), unlike surrounding blocks which now loom the entire precinct.
Guildford Lane is one of the best surviving examples of small scale, early twentieth century industrial and warehousing building fabric in Melbourne. It’s also become a leafy refuge from the city, with climbing plants and pots complementing the lane's brick warehouses, artist studios, @rustica_hq Brick Lane cafe, @krimpercafe, @rapha cycling club & Melbourne’s very own @catcafemelbourne 🐱
The good news is, @melbourne_heritage_action introduced Amendment C271 which would see heritage protection for the red brick lane, all of the small industrial and laneway buildings in the Hardware St/Little Collins St area, as well as a strip of buildings along the west side of Elizabeth St, and some other individual buildings in the area. It is the successful result of a long campaign behind the scenes by Melbourne Heritage Action and it’s the most important and obvious of a number of precincts they have proposed to the City of Melbourne.
The Council followed up with a heritage study released in early 2017. The areas proposed for protection are almost exactly as Melbourne Heritage Action proposed in 2014. Altogether they will protect numerous small-scale pre WW2 buildings, especially whole laneways and the usually red brick industrial buildings along them that are such an essential part of the heritage and character of Melbourne.
Let's work together to preserve Guildford Lane for many years to come so that others can enjoy it too ✨🌆 #GuildfordLane #Melbourne #historicalmelbourne #history #architecture #warehouse #laneway #design #heritage #Melbournecafes #Australia #MelbourneLaneways