CHT Architects has moved from its former premises on Wellington Street into a 19th century red brick-and-bluestone building at 44 Oxford Street, Collingwood.
The practice, which acquired the building last year, undertook the full refurbishment and interior fitout of the space, while remaining true to the building’s heritage and preserving its facade.
CHT Architects also commissioned a firm to carry out research into the history of the building. Built in 1889, it was originally a factory and office owned by the Dyason Son & Co cordial manufacturing company. Joshua Dyason, a migrant from England, operated the business with his son John P Dyason. It would seem from historical records and a book about the Dyason family tree, published in 1991, that both men were highly respected members of the Collingwood community.
CHT Architects managing director David Carabott hopes the firm can emulate its predecessors and the contribution they made to Collingwood’s commercial landscape. “We’ve always operated out of Collingwood,” he said. “This move further reinforces our place in the community and we hope to be here for many years to come.”