I am researching a demolished building in Melbourne. Discovered that the State Library has a stack of digitised maps dating from the 1948 for insurance etc. So I get all excited, because this building was demolished in 1973, surely it must be on there.
The answer is no. As they must have just kept updating these same maps for a few decades.
Stamped in red letters:”Building Under Construction. Temporary Plan Only”. It was the plan of the building that replaced it.
I think I might cry a little now.
Update: A happy ending. I found an older version (1910) of the map that had not been altered. What is great about these fire insurance maps is it lists the usage and materials of the buildings. So the Federal Hotel has 7 floors, windows on all levels (including inside the building) is constructed of stone and/or brick etc. Not exactly a blue print, but I can use in combination with photo to rebuild it (sort of). I am taking “artistic license” for my sanity.