The Barracks Original Salvation Army Barracks- built in Australia in 1884 and opened by General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, as detailed in the original twin plaques adorning the front wall of this wonderfully grand building and exceedingly solid structure. Located in the highly-desirable inner-city village of North Fitzroy, just 10-minutes from the CBD. Entering through the front foyer, one is overwhelmed by the enormity of the soaring 28 foot-high stud and the intriguing antique colours of the original Baltic Pine ceiling, this splendid spaciousness is wonderfully preserved in the open plan design with two enormous floor-to-ceiling, steel-framed, glass light courts; a large open fireplace and lounge area with a sweeping Portuguese sandstone staircase leading to a curved mezzanine floor with a striking hand-crafted iron balustrade. A full commercial kitchen is equipped with restaurant-grade heavy-duty 'Garland' oven and six burner top, Garland char-broiler and a BandS commercial wok burner, complete with extensive industrial overhead extraction hood, large walk-in cool-room and pantry, separate dish-wash area with deep twin-sinks and stainless steel bench. The kitchen and informal dining area looks on to a double-glazed floor-to-ceiling steel-framed wine cellar that spans the entire width of the building with a 20,000 plus bottle capacity complete with commercial temperature control units at each end and in-floor lighting to create a superb ambience.The formal dining room area can seat up to 20 people. Ascending the stone staircase to the mezzanine floor, there is a large carpeted lounge area that is used as a family space and television viewing. The mezzanine floor has a beautifully curved feature wall that separates the personal living area with three wonderfully sunny bedrooms that adjoin the floor-to-ceiling light courts with two bedrooms accessing a balcony within the open-air light-well. The original (expired) council approved plans to modify the rear structure to three stories with a fourth story roof-top garden, and being the tallest building in the street, would have unrestricted views over the Edinburgh Gardens and a sweeping vista towards the city. These plans incorporated designs to accommodate an extended family with a further five en-suited bedrooms and a central living room and kitchen. On the bottom floor a laundry and gymnasium along with a spacious three-car, drive in garage and storage area that would be accessed by the rear lane way. The huge potential for development and the opportunity exists to build multiple large townhouses that would retain the uniqueness of the historical architecture and all the wonderful features that this grand old building exudes (STCA).