Collins Street Baptist Church shop and offices

This very cute and curious little shop in Collins Street was built by the Baptist Church in 1929, architects #GawlerAndDrummond, to ad a bit of income – but it also provides access to a corridor running back to an 8 level, small floor area building called Central House that only looks into lanes and light wells, which they thought would be offices for them, but has always been at least partly rented out. The floor directly behind the church connects through, and is used for robing etc, the floor above is a meeting room, the basement has / had a big kitchen.

The name reflects their long gone Central Hall, a meeting room, which faced little Collins, and was replaced in 1928 by an extension for the Victoria Hotel, which still had a hall in it, but seems to have closed in the 40s.

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