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
Another Melbourne#castiron #pissoir, one of 8 left, this one outside the Royal Artillery Hotel #SouthCarlton (now the #LastJar) and quite unchanged, still with the entries facing the gutter, and the cresting intact. It was quite smelly inside ! They all date from 1903-18. The idea started in Paris in the 1830s, they eventually had like … Continue reading Taking the Pissoir.
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.