The Argus building is finally being restored
After many years of neglect, the Argus building is finally being restored by MIT, to be used as a city campus for their students. The tags and graffiti are gone, the windows have been replaced and the exterior coated in new paint.
The Heirtage listed building, which sits on the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets, was purchased by La Trobe University in 2004, but after forking out a huge sum of money to have the asbestos inside removed, La Trobe onsold the building to MIT.
The gutted building – once home to The Argus newspaper – sat decaying for years and was commonly frequented by the homeless as a source of shelter. Numerous graffiti artists also left their mark. Melbourne Music Week was held inside the building in late 2012.
It’s great to see the Argus building finally being restored. It’s beauty and architectural and historical significance are too great to let it rot away.
x Kitten of Doom