Current Issue #488

The Darling Building

The Darling Building

by Williams Burton Leopardi

“A City Improvement”

On 13th July 1916 The Advertiser announced that John Darling and Sons had accepted tenders for the rebuilding of their premises on the corner of Franklin and Bentham Streets.

“…the building will form an important addition to city architectural improvements. The interior is to be elaborately fitted with the main office being similar to an ordinary banking chamber. Every convenience will be provided for the staff, including luncheon and retiring rooms. The Architect is Mr E. H. McMichael”

Now 102 years old, the former derelict building has been resurrected from 20 years of vacancy and neglect to again holding with those principles it was originally designed with.

It is the place where the majority of our time is spent, a place to be inspired, a space to be outgoing, to retreat, to collaborate…a space to “live life well” and a “City Improvement.”

Photo Credit: Christopher Morrison

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