Returning to Melbourne after a few months in the UK, I've noticed a general fetish for covering up the identity of oldish buildings.
This might include painting over of cement render, removal of signage which was part of the original form/design or covering or removal of tiling or stonework with acrylic 'render'.
Near home off Chapel Street,South Yarra, for example, there was a classic 60s rear portion of a building. Slim split faced dark blockwork base, a thin strip of windows divided by cement rendered columns and a 3 level cement renderd top. Steel framed windows. The corner showed evidence of an old painted sign pointing around the corner to a 'lubritorium' which would have dissappeared long ago. The paint had flaked and faded to almost nothing.
Last week the entire building top was painted in a mushroom coloured semigloss paint.
This week the old 'Plasterers Guild' building in King Street had its identifying rendered 30s/40s style text sign removed and replaced with a panel of plain render even though the sign was painted in to match the rest of the building red ochre colour.
Do all of our buildings need to have the same grafitti attracting painted finish?
Why do all 'renovated' old buildings have to look like new ones?