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The Northern Junk buildings revisited

Recently I posted a few photographs of the Northern Junk buildings even though at the time I did not know those were them. Since then blogger mates have pointed this out to me which prompted a revisiting of the site. As the oldest standing buildings (circa 1860) in Victoria they are historic and protected as such. They are part of the Johnson St Bridge development and Reliance Properties bought them. I have looked at the plan for this area and the buildings show nicely in it. The question is of course how they, especially their outside appearance, will show by the time everything is said and done. In this design which I downloaded from I circled the two buildings as they are shown facing the waterside.
Northern Junk Development as seen from the water
Below are a few more photos of the buildings in today’s environment starting with the front:
Northern Junk Buildings 2-2-2013 (7)bl
We are going along the side
Northern Junk Buildings 2-2-2013 (10)
to the waterside
Northern Junk Buildings 2-2-2013 (13)
Northern Junk Buildings 2-2-2013 (22)
Northern Junk Buildings 2-2-2013 (24)bl

 Big changes lie ahead for many here and not least of all for float home owners and marina users.

About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

15 responses to “The Northern Junk buildings revisited

  1. Mike

    Great work, Joseph.

    • Thank you Mike. These are incredible buildings, but big change is afoot and the question is whether their character still shows after preservation within the new construction. My camera will tell all 😉

  2. ehpem

    Very nice series Joseph with a great variety of angles. I too wonder how it will all look once it has been ‘restored’ – I sure hope feel and texture of the stone and brick comes through intact.

    • Looking at the design for the new waterfront I have my doubts. It looks like the looks are going to be changed during cleanup and repair work as well as through the designs themselves. I reckon it is going to be a cute part of a modern complex.

      • ehpem

        Unfortunately that sounds about right.
        I see the long derelict Janion building across the street is sporting a banner proclaiming its about-to-be new life. It might be a bit big to be heritage-cute, but I expect they will try that on.

        • Yes we’ll see what the Janion building becomes with its planned little appts on the top floor (sounds like it could be a nice place to live). When photographing for this post I did a walk around it taking photographs of the building and its surround for future comparisons.

  3. ehpem

    BTW, I like your new blog layout – it works very well.

  4. these photos are very nice! 🙂

  5. Two of my favorite subjects. I am terrified for their future and hope that somehow something sympathetic to the acknowledge the importance of the site is done. A seriously wonderful set of photographs, Joseph, you’ve brought all the character out of these lovely buildings.

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