My cupola runneth over
As Simon and Maximus pointed out, something is definitely going on down at the old Mayfair in Ghuznee St. Whether or not it's going to be the new Il Casino, someone is certainly going to great lengths to restore it to its former grandeur, with this shiny new copper cupola installed atop its tower. The council's heritage inventory said of its past that "the tower has been stripped of its cupola, and an ornate wrought-iron balcony and verandah over the footpath have also been removed", so can we look forward to the balcony and verandah also reappearing soon?
When you see the buildng in context, what was a characterful (if "cluttered" and "eccentric" according to the heritage report) but shabby building looks like it'll become a real landmark in Ghuznee St. And while I share some of Maximus' misgivings about Glover Park, when Ghuznee St becomes a two-way inner-city street rather than a stretch of SH1 (less than a year away, according to the 'bypass' website) this could become a much more pleasant part of town.