Whilst reading the article relating to my previous post, I stumbled across this article that is a few weeks old regarding a reported secret heritage list prepared by Adelaide City Council, which is pushing for a fifty per cent increase in the number of heritage-listed properties in the CBD to prevent developers from knocking down ageing buildings of interest. What grabbed my attention was the inclusion of The Crazy Horse Strip Club in Adelaide’s Hindley Street on this now not-so-secret list.
I was fascinated by the possibility of there being an architecturally significant strip club in Adelaide of all places. However, looking at it from the Google Street View you would hardly call it a shining architectural example, so it must have some cultural significance. To ascertain whether this is the case I paid a visit to it’s website (solely for research purposes) to see what the fuss is all about. On it website it reads:
The Crazy Horse Revue was first opened in May 1979, and the same owners still operate the business today. The original format was based on Paul Raymond’s Revue Bar in London and further inspired by the Crazy Horse in Paris with magnificent sets, costumes and props, and not forgetting the most beautiful dancers that were available in Australia.
The Crazy Horse Revue in Adelaide has always set the standard for adult entertainment in Australia and has been awarded Internationally as the best striptease venue in Australia.
Again I was disappointed, that’s hardly any reason to list it on a heritage register, unless thirty years with the same counts. So like a dog with a bone I did some further research and delved further into the website. Maybe it had some kick arse interiors, perhaps it had some awesome Art Deco inspired interior that belied the nondescript external facade. But alas, its just looks like any other seedy strip club but with more neon lights.
So after all that research and like most paying customers to the venue there was no happy ending. I just can’t figure out why this venue would be significant heritage-wise so I guess in the near future we could be seeing Goldfingers, Spearmint Rhino and Bar 20 all making an appearance Melbourne’s heritage registers.
But in the end maybe it just boils down to the fact that Adelaide City councillors just don’t want it to disappear because it is good place to go after a hard night’s debating in the council chambers. And that’s why it was on a secret list.