City Watch house - 345-355 Russell Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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City Watch house: 345-355 Russell Street, MELBOURNE

City Watch house

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Building Profile

Name : City Watch house

Location

Address: 345-355 Russell Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Construction Details

Built: 1907 - 1908
Original use: Public (Court House)
Current use: Education

Built in the Edwardian period in the Romanesque style

Notable features

History

The City Watch House was constructed in 1907-08 to the design of architect G B H Austin of the Public Works Department. The building was constructed on the site a former cell block of Old Mebourne Gaol. The two storey rendered front section is two rooms deep and originally contained offices on the ground floor with residential accommodation on the upper level. The rear section occupying the major part of the site contains the cell block and exercise yards. There have many small alterations to the building but it displays reasonable integrity retaining internal layout, external form and some distinctive original elements such as the bow truss steel grille roofs over the exercise yards.

Architect: G.B.H.Austin, Public Works Department




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