City Baths - Cnr Swanston Street and Franklin Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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City Baths: Cnr Swanston Street and Franklin Street, MELBOURNE

City Baths
City Baths
City Baths
City Baths
City Baths

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Building Profile

Name : City Baths


Address: Cnr Swanston Street and Franklin Street

Postcode: 3000

City Baths is a landmark

Construction Details

Built: 1903
Original use: Public
Current use: Commercial

number of floors : 3

Built in the Edwardian period in the Art Noveau style

Notable features

Polychrome brickwork, and a similar set of Arts and Crafts domes as the old Queen Victoria hospital futher down Swanston Street. An eclectic mix of non-historical features and freestyle forms.


The City Baths were erected by Swanson Bros builders in 1903-04 to competition-winning designs by the architect J.J. Clark. The bathhouse, consisting of separate segregated male and female pools, slipper baths, spray baths, Jewish Mikva baths and Turkish Baths, was constructed of red brick with cement render mouldings in a late classically derived style and features a prominent entrance staircase and domed corner pavilions. The pattern of fenestration uses both arched and rectangular openings. Some alterations to the internal structure have been made over the years.

Architect: J.J Clark

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