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October 23, 2014

Heritage heartache

As several of the city's abandoned heritage buildings finally find new use, cartoonist Ross Bateup reflects on the difference between adaptive abuse and proper re-use.

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  • Cartoons: Ross Bateup

Jamie’s Italian has taken over the long abandoned old Westpac Building at 2 King William Street sensitively and successfully, while the Mayfair Hotel is finally bringing new, yet respectful life to the former Colonial Mutual Life Building. With heritage adaptation apparently in vogue, our cartoonist warns that there’s a difference between paying lip service to the value of these architectural examples and truly respecting their worth.

Meanwhile, Bateup’s struggling city car salesman has hit on a new way of upping sales in the era of the cycle-friendly city.

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