Excellent shot of the 1887 #NewZealandChambers one of the Rialto-Olderfleet group of buildings, from 1984, now with a #damntree in front. It was taken by Graeme Butler for the CBD heritage data sheets, when it had just been restored (and has just been done again by @lovellchen, at the same time the 1984 pomo 10 … Continue reading New Zealand Chambers
St Johns Toorak, Pugin-esque Gothic Revival downunder.
#StJohnsToorak has this amazingly huge spire/tower, attached to an otherwise very low roofed not that big church, with small small windows and doors, the roofs coming way down - I thought maybe the spire was added later to compensate for the small scale but no apparently it’s based on the original 1859 #WilliamWardell design, though … Continue reading St Johns Toorak, Pugin-esque Gothic Revival downunder.
Fish Market long gone but not forgotten
Fantastic rendering of the long demolished #MelbourneFishMarkets in #FlindersStreet by @coloursofyesterday from 2015. One if the great losses of the 50s-70s. Built 1891-2, designed by R G Gordon in a fabbo Italian Gothic fantasy of towers and turrets. The fish market was actually in a bit built on the riverbank, almost no photos of it, … Continue reading Fish Market long gone but not forgotten
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.
A fine Gothic Revival bank
Not that many Gothic style Victorian banks, mostly for the #ESandAbank, thought all by #WilliamWardell, but no he only did the Flemish style ones, this one in #ClarendonStreetSouthMelbourne by #TerryAndOakden, built 1880; posted it last April when it was still an #ANZbank, but not any more ☹️ Update May 2021 : it’s now in the … Continue reading A fine Gothic Revival bank
Napier Waller Wilson Hall stained glass, 1935
In the #IanPotterMuseumofArt at #MelbourneUniversity you’ll see all that’s left of the first #WilsonHallMelbourneUniversity, a great #GothicRevival edifice built in 1878-82 and mostly destroyed by fire in 1952. My closeup is of #Ceres (the Goddess of fecundity), and #Prometheus (who brought down the Divine Fire to man, this time as a female figure). Love the … Continue reading Napier Waller Wilson Hall stained glass, 1935
Calabria, Brighton, 1886
One of two big mansions on Church Street on top of the small hill east of the #MiddleBrighton railway station. Another towered mansion, in #redbrick #Italianate form, but with hints of #gothicrevival in the window arches, and the prominent #gable ends. All details painted white, just as they have been probably since the 1950s. Original … Continue reading Calabria, Brighton, 1886
Queens College Melbourne University
#QueensCollege #MelbourneUniversity, main building. One of the many big colleges built on reserved land on a big curve around the top of the Uni. This one was the #Methodist / Wesleyan reserve. It’s impressive but plain and that tower is a bit top heavy; I see now that it’s got a whole extra tall top … Continue reading Queens College Melbourne University
Queens College Laboratories
Behind the main building at #QueensCollegeMelbourne is this curious thing, a #laboratories building, built in 1930 in a sort of Deco-Tudor style, with an octagonal lantern, like a mini-cathedral ! Great #typeface, I suppose #GothicScript. Paid for by the great 30s philanthropists the Nicholas brothers, of Aspro wealth, also practicing Methodists, hence this structure, rebuilding … Continue reading Queens College Laboratories
Queens College Principals Residence
Repost 2018: This is the Principle’s Residence at #QueensCollegeMelbourne, probably the one built for their new Professor of Theology, Rev Calvert Barber, in 1938, and probably designed by #HarryNorris. Gives you some idea of how spacious the whole #MelbourneUniversity campus was before WW2, scattered buildings with lots of staff houses, and lots of lawn and … Continue reading Queens College Principals Residence