‘Hub of Melbourne’s creative scene’: Greek Australians on the Nicholas Building

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The creative community was shocked when The Nicholas building was listed for sale in June. 

Former staff members of the heritage-listed building are pleading for potential buyers to keep using the space as a hub for artists. 

Architect Christie Pestinis told The Guardian the building is a ‘really important’ part of Melbourne’s creative scene. 

“People are proud and happy to be there – and everyone has a story about the building,” Pestinis says.

“It’s the hub of Melbourne’s creative scene.”

“It’s always had incredibly diverse occupants.”

Dimitri ‘Dimi’ Bradas was a lift operator in the building between 2006 and 2013. He also spoke with The Guardian about his experience working at the building.

“I used to sculpt and draw. While being a lift attendant I’d be working on my own drawings in the lift, in the corner. I was in my own fantasy land,” Bradas says.

“I would just sit and draw. I would draw in the mornings when it was quiet. Then I’d pack it up when it got busy and later in the afternoons I would draw again. And eventually, I had a studio there in the building.

“I made good, lasting friendships from the building.”

Source: The Guardian

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