Original post 20 July 2020 Photos 14 July Sad sight on #BayStreetPortMelbourne, been this way since a fire in 2015 (I think). Its yet another surviving (partly) very early cinema, being built as the Port Theatre in 1913, and closing in 1956, and used for retail ever since. In 2018 a permit was issued to … Continue reading Port Melbourne Theatre, 1913, burnt
Port Melbourne Post Office (1862), Drill Hall (1911), and Court House (1860)
Original post 10 July 2020 Photos 7 July The old #PortMelbournePostOffice was built in 1862, and apparently designed by the famous #JJClark ! It has an almost twin in Kilmore, but in bluestone, and less altered - but I do like the pale brickwork here, pretty rare for this early date (perhaps imitating London brick?) … Continue reading Port Melbourne Post Office (1862), Drill Hall (1911), and Court House (1860)
Port Melbourne Freemasons Hall, 1917
Original post 9 July 2020 The #PortMelbourne #FreemasonsHall in #liardetstreet is great, a bit #ViennaSecession, or maybe just jaunty Edwardian. It’s 1917 obvs, but that’s all I know. Update : there's a foundation stone behind that tree, the honorary architects were CEMerrett and supervising architect Frederick J Brearley, both of course were members and both … Continue reading Port Melbourne Freemasons Hall, 1917
Fourth Victoria Building, Collins Street
Original post 1 July 2020 The Fourth Victoria Building (society) in #collinsstreet is a rebuild of an 1880s building by architect #RobertHaddon in #1912 adding two floors, and a new plain facade, which #RobinBoyd described as a ‘fairly wheezy’ first breath of functionalism in Melbourne, but really it’s a fairly direct influence of the #ViennaSecession, … Continue reading Fourth Victoria Building, Collins Street
Some Arts & Crafts Gloomy Gothic goodness.
Melbourne’s best gloomy mysterious entry - #AssemblyHall in #CollinsStreet, built for Victoria’s Presbyterians in 1915, next to #ScotsChurch. Designed by #HHKemp in a lively #ArtsAndCraftsStyle influenced #GothicRevival. Love the lights especially. It’s still their meeting hall and offices, but also #KayCraddock Antiquarian Booksellers.
Neoclassical Colosseum, another Tompkins & Tompkins.
This grand edifice in #ChapelStreetPrahran was built as the #ColosseumDepartmentStore in 1914, after a fire destroyed their older smaller shop built just 6 years previously. Designed by #TompkinsandTompkins it’s pretty much a copy of London’s #Selfridges, completed only 5 years before (complete with flags!), designed by US architect #DanielBurnham. This was the earliest large scale … Continue reading Neoclassical Colosseum, another Tompkins & Tompkins.
Tram Shelter (actually it’s for passengers ha ha)
Tram shelter at camberwell tram depot. No one ever uses it except perhaps drivers, who it was probably for. Probably 1930s since thats when the depot was built. Instagram post 18 July 2013. Update : its c1917
Ancient Times House, Little Bourke Street.
116 little Bourke. So named cos once was private museum of antiquities. Saw it on a school trip in the 70s. Now seems all locked up. Instagram post 3 May 2013. Update Oct 2018 : built 1915, possibly as church hall, now houses Urban Seed, an outreach and education arm of the Collins Street Baptist … Continue reading Ancient Times House, Little Bourke Street.
Queens College – the Queen Victoria Hospital fence.
The plain, sturdy #castironfence at #QueensCollege #MelbourneUniversity isn’t original - it’s actually from the #QueenVictoriaHospital, a huge Edwardian complex which originally occupied a whole block of Lonsdale Street in the #MelbCBD, demolished bit by bit in the 90s, made me so mad, anyway the fence, dating from 1915, found a new home here c1998, somehow … Continue reading Queens College – the Queen Victoria Hospital fence.