Holyman House, Flinders Street, 1858

Original post 21 March 2020

You might not recognise this but it’s still there ! #HolymanHouse, an unassuming but rare survivor from the 1850s on #FlindersStreet cnr Market Street, originally facing the first river port, hence the adjacent Customs House. Built 1858 for the huge wool exporters #GoldsboroughMort, designed by John Gill, who had been a noted architect in the 1840s, before anyone thought there was any gold. It’s #bluestone, which you can just see behind the paint. It’s been called Holyman house since at least the 50s, when it was probably converted to offices; the photo is from 1963. Very much derived from English #RenaissanceRevival precedents eg Charles Barry’s 1841 London #ReformClub, which had become a standard form similar to this in Melb by the 1850s for all sorts of buildings but esp warehouses.

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