The lion

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.

Hidden away above William Street

Little Bourke Street

Along Little Bourke Street, in the block between Queen and William Streets, are a couple of stunning buildings.

The City West telephone exchange:
Telephone exchange, Little Bourke Street

The Supreme Court (sometimes you’ll see this on the news — I think it’s a nicer entrance than that facing onto William Street):
Supreme Court, Little Bourke Street

Another section of the Supreme Court towers above the street (though it’s dwarfed by nearby skyscrapers):
Supreme Court, Little Bourke Street

Love a bit of Neo-Gothic architecture on a grey night

This building looked extra-foreboding last night against the grey sky.

Bank of New Zealand Australia building

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

Lonsdale House, pictured in early February.
Lonsdale House, shortly before demolition

Check the tower. Isn’t that great?

Here’s how the site looks now it’s gone.
Site of the former Lonsdale House

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.