THE first layer of the Plaster Fun House building has been peeled back, unveiling another part of its history.
It shows three old arches and the sign ‘Grenville Street Market for Fruit and Vegetables’.
Solex Project Management project manager Wayne Hurst said not many people knew of the building’s market past.
“It was originally a glove manufacturing business, which I think a lot of people know about, and later a mechanical workshop or garage,” Mr Hurst said.
He said you could see the position inside where an old petrol bowser would have sat.
He said the cement sheeting on the front facade was removed on Sunday from 6am to unveil the signage.
“We wanted to do it at a time that wouldn’t affect traders before their businesses opened, especially as there was asbestos to be removed,” he said.
“We started taking the sheet away at both ends, so we uncovered ‘tables’ and I was thinking it might have said ‘stables’, before we were able to see the word vegetables.”
Mr Hurst said there had not been a lot of interest from the public about the old facade, with a few people stopping to take photographs.
The entire site is in the process of being demolished after a fire tore through the building on February 6.
Mr Hurst said asbestos was being cleaned up, before starting to remove the top section brick by brick.
“We’ve got A class asbestos removalists from Melbourne up.
“We’ve had cranes lifting bins into the site, so they can load it up with asbestos on site before removing it.”
Mr Hurst said he hoped the demolition would be completed over a month.
Grenville Street is now closed in both lanes to traffic.
“Once the front is down, we hope to move the demolition on-site and the road will be open.”