Historical Argus Building revealed as MMW location

November 6, 2012

Disused for over a decade, the 86-year-old historical Argus Building has been revealed as the location for a series of events at this year’s Melbourne Music Week.

The 86-year-old historical Argus building, disused for over a decade, has been revealed as the location for a series of events at this year’s Melbourne Music Week (MMW). Originally due to be revealed on November 16th, The Age broke the story on Monday of the location for MMW’s Where?House festival hub.

Designed by architects Godfrey Spowers in 1924 and completed in 1926, the Argus Building – located on the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe streets in Melbourne – is of particular historical and cultural significance, having housed the now-defunct Argus newspaper for over 30 years. Built in a neoclassical Beaux-Arts style – also seen in buildings such as Melbourne’s National Theatre in St Kilda, constructed six years before the Argus Building – a cement render was applied to the building’s original stone facade in the 1980s.

A chequered history has plagued the more recent years of the Argus Building. With La Trobe University purchasing the building in 2004 with plans to restore and transform the site into a campus, renovation costs and asbestos issues outweighed the viability of their plans and the building was again sold in 2008. According to The Age, the asbestos has been removed and tests will allow a capacity of 400 people upstairs and 800 downstairs.

Happening from 16–25 November, Melbourne Music Week will transform the site into a venue for bands, DJs, sound artists, film screenings, artist conversations, and food and vintage clothing stalls. The site will be open to the public from 11am until ticketed concerts begin at 8pm. View the full program of Where?House events here.

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