Frank Costa’s Melbourne base for sale

The Costas reconfigured the church as a home over 20 years ago.

East Melbourne’s former New Temple Church, which was converted into a city base by late businessman and Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa, has been listed by his wife, Shirley.

The c1872 property, 2-6 Morrison Place, at the north east corner of Albert Street, carries a $3.5-$3.8 million guide.

The Costas paid $680,000 in 1998.

Their renovation included three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage.

Jellis Craig’s David Sciola and Andrew Macmillan are marketing the property to residential and office users; the 291 sqm site opposite St Patrick’s Cathedral is walking distance to both the CBD and MCG (story continues below).

The proposed Lanson Place hotel at 502 Albert Street.

The property is also close to the c1901 former Salvation Army Printing Works building – 502 Albert St, now owned by Woodlink – which is about to be incorporated into a 15-storey Lanson Place hotel.

Mr Costa died in May, aged 83.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of