Tag: chapelstreet

Tallest shop top in Melbourne ?

#FabulousFacade to a shop in #ChapelStreetPrahran, so vertical and spiky, with lashings of #ArtNouveau; sadly some of the (red?) tiles falling off, the rest painted out beige. Can’t find much about it, but looks c1910; in 1905-8 there was an #OysterSaloon, raided for gambling, and for “horribly offensive” oysters (!), then by 1912 it was … Continue reading Tallest shop top in Melbourne ?

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.