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Urban Exploration: Brewer's Droop, Australia - 05/24/2013

An eyesore to some, proud heritage site to others; despite its severe state of decay this Australian brewery presents a fine example of Victorian architecture. Dense graffiti masks ornate polychrome brickwork. Redevelopment plans have been on hold since 1997, and the site remains a popular haunt of street artists and urban explorers. However, the climb up this eight-storey brewery - once the tallest building in Australia - proved easier said than done. Getting In Melbourne's old Yorkshire Brewery isn't hard to find, its Romanesque tower and grain silos rising high above the surrounding streets. The brewery was built in 1880, working to a design by the architect James Wood. Standing eight floors tall from the courtyard up to the French style mansard roof , the tower remained Australia's tallest building for another decade. The site was purchased by the Carlton and United breweries in 1909, to be used for many years as a cooperage and standby plant. The move from wooden barrels to steel casks in the mid-twentieth century brought this to an end, though; while advances in brewing techniques rendered the premises unsuitable for their original role. I visited the Yorkshire Brewery with another British photographer, just a few days after our trip to an abandoned mental asylum on the city limits. Locating the tower was easy enough, although I had heard that getting inside would be trickier... and the stories didn't disappoint. The silo block, tower and outbuildings were clustered ab...

Urban Exploration: Brewer's Droop, Australia

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