Belchers Corner is a place that has architectural and historical significance. According to the Victorian Heritage Database,
The site at 141 – 149 Ryrie Street, Geelong, is dominated by the former Belchers Corner building, which forms an important landmark at this central, major intersection of Moorabool and Ryrie Streets. This building has visual connections with other significant corner buildings, notably the former T & G Building (1934), former Bank of New South Wales building 1938, and the former Mercantile Bank building (1888).
One of the main stores along that area was the Moorabool Street Rug store. It closed down mid 2017 and moved to a shopfront a couple of stores away. The store didn’t last long in that location.
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In mid July, 2018, engineers detected structured issues in the building. The council blocked access to the area while engineers did more tests. Initially, the roads were closed off. After a couple of days, it was open again to pedestrians. The building was ordered to be demolished by December 31st.
2019 came and there were no signs of demolition. The area started to attract litter and graffiti. No progress was made during 2019. In December, 2019, the council stepped in to carry out the demolition. We got photos just before the demolition started.
Scaffolding went up around the building in late March. By early May, part of the facade had been demolished. I wasn’t able to get many photos of the demolition during 2020 due to the changing Covid-19 restrictions.