I wonder how many people notice gems like this, high up above our streets. It’s on a building on William Street, between Collins and Bourke.
Along Little Bourke Street, in the block between Queen and William Streets, are a couple of stunning buildings.
This building looked extra-foreboding last night against the grey sky.
It’s the Bank Of New Zealand Australia building, on the corner of Collins and Queen Streets. BNZA is sounds like ANZ backwards, but it’s actually now part of NAB. The building was once known as A.C.Goode House, the original section of which dates back to 1891.
Joseph Reed, the architect, also designed the State Library (but not the reading room), Trades Hall, Rippon Lea, Melbourne Town Hall, and many other 19th century buildings around Melbourne.
Lonsdale House, pictured in early February.
Check the tower. Isn’t that great?
Okay, it wasn’t real art deco, it was just an art deco facade on a Victorian building. See comments
But it does seem a shame that at least the facade couldn’t have been kept with the new development — which is to be a shrine to Steve Jobs. That’s right, it’s being replaced by an Apple store and yet more shops.
Almost hidden away in the bottom of The Nicholas Building is the Cathedral Arcade.
I can’t say I frequent the quaint shops in there — I just use it as a shortcut — but that ceiling is quite amazing.