Beautiful buildings of Melbourne

154 Flinders Street

Beautiful buildings of Melbourne

154 Flinders Street

35 m
2.33 km
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This walk visits some of the most beautiful buildings in the Melbourne CBD, with an emphasis on the Art Deco era.

Beautiful buildings of Melbourne

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This walk visits some of the most beautiful buildings in the Melbourne CBD, with an emphasis on the Art Deco era.

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This walk begins at The Forum in Flinders Street, then proceeds up Swanston Street, Little Collins, Bourke Street Mall and Collins Street where you can see several significant Art Deco, Art Nouveau and other period architecture.

This walk was created as an activity of the U3A Melbourne City *Let's Do Photography* group (see https://u3amelbcity.org.au/lets-do-groups/).

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1. Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri people, their leaders past, present and emerging, on whose land these events took place. We recognise that First Nations’ sovereignty was never ceded.

2. The Forum Theatre

Built in 1929 in the Moorish Revival style, this ornate theatre is still in use today.

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3. The Atrium

This large covered area provides access to the Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, ACMI and Federation Square. It reflects the highly geometric and angular design of the whole development.

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4. St Paul's Cathedral

This Gothic Revival cathedral is the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne.

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5. Flinders Street Railway Station

Built in 1909, this iconic building is in a mixed Edwardian style.

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6. Nicholas Building

This "Chicago School" or "Commercial Palazzo" style of building was completed in 1926, with a still-functioning manual lift. The Cathedral Arcade on the ground floor is a must-see.

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7. Manchester Unity Building

This magnificent art deco gothic structure was built in 1931-32 and features many lovely art deco features in the ground floor lobby. It houses the first escalators to be installed in Melbourne.

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8. Century Building

Constructed in 1939-40, this art deco building, in the Streamlined Moderne style, was the first in Melbourne to be fully air-conditioned.

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9. Buckley & Nunn Building

The Buckley & Nunn department store opened in 1851 and moved to this Edwardian Baroque building in 1911-12 and the adjacent Moderne art deco building (to the east) in 1933-34. Now David Jones.

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10. Yule House

This Streamline Moderne art deco style 1932 building is modest but significant as one of the first of its kind in Melbourne.

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11. Newspaper House

Built in 1884 and remodelled in 1932-34, this was the second Moderne art deco building (after Yule House) in Melbourne. The facade features a glittering mosaic mural, commissioned by Keith Murdoch.

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12. 333 Collins Street

This modern complex is constructed over the 1893 baroque-style offices of the Commercial Bank of Australia.

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13. The Gothic Bank

One of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Australia, originally constructed in 1887.

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14. The Rialto and Winfield buildings

The original Victorian Rialto (1891) and Winfield (1890) buildings were two of the five buildings in the Rialto group. The 55-storey Rialto Towers were built behind them in 1986.

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15. Lombard Building

This 1890 building is in the free classical style of the Victorian era and was one of the first in Melbourne to have lifts.

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