Category: victorian

Oxford Chambers, Bourke Street, 1889-1970

First posted 1 February 2020 While I’m on #lostmelbourne, there’s the famous ones, but there were quite a lot of ornate #highvictorian ‘chambers’ like this that mushroomed in the 1880s and disappeared in the 50s-70s, mostly with only a few photos now in archives - and @heraldsunphoto_retro has a great collection slowly filling up their … Continue reading Oxford Chambers, Bourke Street, 1889-1970

The Hall of Science, haunt of 1880s radicals.

First posted instagram January 24, 2020  This curious building in the middle of St Vincent's Hospital on Victoria Parade was built as the Hall of Science in 1889 by the Australian Secular Association, a pretty radical organisation who lectured on 'freethought', which was seen as anti-religious - on Sundays ! They didn’t hang on to … Continue reading The Hall of Science, haunt of 1880s radicals.

Picturesque Footscray City Primary, 1877 + 1887.

#FootscrayCityPrimarySchool, which I think is pretty cute, a madly squished up collection of #Tudor features, built 1887, added to the more typically spreading rectangular 1877 earlier part, set back from the street. Both parts seem to have all original windows, which is rare. I’ve put the 1960s photo first because of that #poorlyplacedtree. I think … Continue reading Picturesque Footscray City Primary, 1877 + 1887.

Some florid cast iron, South Melbourne

A lovely well preserved #melbourneterrace, with original #tuckpointed #polychromebrick, all reasonably typical, except the #castironlace balustrade panels, very heavy floral, complete with fruit (?), but with curving sides, leaving some space, rather than more straight side, or joining up to create a continuous pattern. The same iron is also on another house around the corner, … Continue reading Some florid cast iron, South Melbourne

Six houses, same cast iron, Ward St, South Melbourne.

Just got a 1983 book on Australian 😁#castironlace (from Sydney so I’d never heard of it) so of course I’m checking it out, there’s this one short street in south melb, ward st, near the market, lined with two storey terraces, not all the same design, but about half have the same cast iron, a … Continue reading Six houses, same cast iron, Ward St, South Melbourne.

Intentionally uneven arches on Beaconsfield Parade

‘Shandon’ sits majestically on #BeaconsfieldParade near Fitzroy St #StKilda, looking might fine. Built 1885, no architect, but the unusual ‘uneven arcading’ is supposedly inspired by Pistoia Cathedral, but this is actually way more uneven. Also interesting that it’s built like a mini-palace, with the main rooms on the first floor up a grand staircase, with … Continue reading Intentionally uneven arches on Beaconsfield Parade

Spurling House Brighton saved from demolition but not actually saved yet.

The poor old 1888 #SpurlingHouse in Brighton has been in the news again; this is a photo I took last year, this is what happens if there’s a fire just after you buy it, you refuse to spend the $1.5 mill insurance on repairs and instead spend it on a bunch of experts who argue … Continue reading Spurling House Brighton saved from demolition but not actually saved yet.

Exotic cast iron bandstand in Prahran

This #bandstand in the #GrattanGardens in #Prahran was built in ... nobody knows, just ‘late 19th century’. Very interesting #castiron, almost #MoorishStyle, from the Alhambra, but that #corrugatediron roof rather detracts from the elegance. It’s been moved a couple of times, in the process lost the balustrades, which are back since 2013, but don’t look … Continue reading Exotic cast iron bandstand in Prahran

Queen Hall at the State Library looks lovely

The refurbished #QueensHall at the #StateLibraryVictoria looks amazing, all that delicate plaster detail highlighted by pale paint, and the fabbo #fishscale #skylights reinstated; hard to believe it’s been 16 years since it closed (why I’m not sure) and what a change from the 1970s green and cream scheme - looks like it might even be … Continue reading Queen Hall at the State Library looks lovely

Queens Hall at the State Library has some great old furniture, and lots of empty space.

Pleased to see the refurbished and reopened #QueensHall at the #StateLibraryVictoria has the original furniture! Which I now see are at least 3 different designs, but all nicely old, varnished and worn (with old graffiti). They used to be all in the middle, with book stacks on the sides- but there’s now far fewer shelves, … Continue reading Queens Hall at the State Library has some great old furniture, and lots of empty space.