Original post 25 February 2021:
The earliest part of #BuckleyAndNunn (since 1988 David Jones) was built in two stages, 1911-12, which architects #BatesSmartMcCutcheon just doubled up, but then why not ? Looks fine, and a relative rare for MLB example of #EdwardianBaroque, which those interesting blocky columns, and some delightful mosaic work. In 1933 they decided to expand by adding two floors to one half only for some reason- where they kept to a conservative style, whereas the menswear addition to the side went all modernistic. My photos from 2018, early photo from @heraldsunphoto_retro prob from 1912), sketch of addition from ‘Bates Smart 150 years’, and the long view is a postcard from the @library_vic
2 thoughts on “Edwardian Baroque in Bourke Street”
Hi Rohan my memory is that Buckley & Nunn closed in 1982 and there was a brief period of stripping out and it reopened as Devid Jones the same year
They stripped out the ground floor then, but there were lots of elaborate plaster ceilings on the upper floors, lost in the last renovations (with a permit from HV).