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Gothic Revival Melbourne [Apr. 15th, 2016|06:00 pm]

Saturday 26 March (1): Gothic Melbourne

One of the main bit of Melbourne I wanted to see was some of its Gothic Revival buildings

someone kidnap my monkey :)

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Atlas Obscura is my must go website before planning any trip, this wasn't quite as exciting as it sounded. I guess we are spoiled here with Viktor Wynd and this was a lesser version and quite empty compared to photos i had seen. Still great first place to visit in town. Wunderkammer is both a museum and a retail store.
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One of the main bit of Melbourne I wanted to see was some of its Gothic Revival buildings
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Olderfleet Building: 471-477 Collins Street,
Flamboyant eclectic mix of Gothic styles and intricate ornate clock tower.

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The Rialto Building, 497-503 Collins Street, 1891.
The red brick facade is a distinctive version of the Venetian Gothic palazzo style.

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ANZ ‘Gothic Bank’ 382-392 Collins Street
Considered the finest secular Gothic Revival building in Australia. Stunning from outside (especially the contract against the skyscraper in the back).This one can be visited as also a museum of banking and looks amazing architecture inside (sadly not open on weekend so added a google photos to mine to illustrate). Stunning from outside (especially the contract against the skyscraper in the back)

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Old Safe Deposit Building: 88 - 110 Queen St
Constructed in 1890 for the safe keeping of valuables and securities in vaults in the basement, this building is another notable example of the Gothic Revival, the favoured style of the architect, William Pitt. The façade includes moulded griffins and heraldic figures in delicate Gothic detailing, and has an overall form that was further elaborated in his design for the Stock Exchange around the corner the next year.

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333 Collins Street
(1891) one of the most magnificent Victorian versions of an Italian Baroque interior in Melbourne. The outside does quite match the gothic inside as in 1939 the front facade of the building was updated to a more art deco style, then in 1990, a 33 storey, postmodern skyscraper was erected behind. Quite a mix of styles. However squashing our faces and camera to the windows we managed to get a glimpse at the inside

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Flinders station

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Federation square
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Forum theatre 154 Flinders Street
the Forum Theatre with its unique Gothic-Romanesque architecture with impressive neo-gothic facade (complete with gargoyles)

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Former Melbourne Magistrates Court: cnr Russell Street and La Trobe Street
Built in the Edwardian period in the Romanesque style, it was built by Swanson Brothers between 1911 and 1913 The two storey court sits on a massive plinth of rock-faced Batesford limestone.

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this was taken in treasury gardens
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other nice buildings

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royal exhibition building
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