St Michael’s / Independent Church, 1867

Repost 2018 :

There isn’t really a #goodangle for #StMichaelsChurchMelbourne; all the skyscrapers behind it kind of detract, though in real life you can subconsciously #editthemout. #ReedandBarnes (#JosephReedArchitect), 1867, and the first full blown #polychromebrick design in Melbourne, which Reed himself said was inspired by the medieval churches of Lombardy, but they don’t really look like this, he was no doubt mostly inspired by the English polychrome gothic movement, as advocated by #JohnRuskin, and brought to life by #WilliamButterfield, but Reed developed here his own version, much more toothed and applied pattern rather than the stripes, chequerboard and mixed materials of Butterfield.

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