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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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~ by Kitten of Doom on May 3, 2014.

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