Posted by: Gregoryno6 | October 6, 2018

Perth, and the architecture of decay.

Dirty demolitions have been a regular feature in my part of the city.  There was the old backpacker premises at the top of William Street in Northbridge. That was left unoccupied and rotting for at least a decade.

Residentially speaking the record belongs to Demo By Neglect, an old house which finally came down last summer. DBN was allowed to deteriorate for fifteen years or therabouts.

This building doesn’t appear to be another dirty demo. But it had a close encounter with a moving vehicle in August of 2017 and repairs have yet to begin. So far there’s nothing more than the tin sheeting nailed up to close up the rear.

Possibly, that’s as far as it will go. The building is in an old industrial area that’s only a few miles from Perth’s CBD and it’s slowly shutting down. In another ten years the car repair shops will be replaced by high or low rise dwellings.

At which time pedestrians like myself will say ‘Damn, these buildings are ugly. That old place looked so much better!’


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