The Auditorium: 167-171 Collins Street, MELBOURNE
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Building ProfileName : The Auditorium
LocationAddress: 167-171 Collins Street
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1912 - 1913
Original use: Theatre
Current use: Office
number of floors : 10
Built in the Edwardian period in the Art Noveau style
The former Auditorium Building is architecturally significant as a precursor of the form of city buildings after 1913. It marks a shift from the influence of Art Nouveau to a new form of classicism, described at the time as being the modern French Renaissance style but more probably inspired by the decorated high rise architecture of Louis Sullivan in Chicago.
The former Auditorium Building was designed in 1913 by renowned Melbourne architect Nahum Barnet for the theatrical firm J and N Tait. It is an eight storey building with a face brick and cement facade. The composition, stylistically drawing on the American influence of Louis Sullivan, consists of a huge central Romanesque archway with a complex of deeply set arched window openings, iron balconettes and intricate cornices set above. Flanking oriel windows rise up from the first to the fifth storey. In the 1930s it was converted internally under the direction of architect C N Hollinshed to the Metro Cinema. In the early 1980s it was converted once more into a shopping complex and the original theatre was destroyed.Architect: Nahum Barnet
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