Lombard Building - 15-17 Queen Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Lombard Building: 15-17 Queen Street, MELBOURNE

Lombard Building
Lombard Building
Lombard Building
Lombard Building
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Building Profile

Name : Lombard Building


Address: 15-17 Queen Street

Postcode: 3000

Construction Details

Built: 1887
Original use: Office
Current use: Office

(to roof) : 29
(to pinnacle) : 29
number of floors : 7

Built in the Victorian period in the Queen Anne style

Notable features

The Lombard Building is architecturally significant as a late expression of so-called boom style design, freely incorporating disparate classical elements into a building unashamedly expressing the aspirations and success of its owners. The Lombard Building is an example of the Victorian skyscraper, and in terms of height simultaneously demonstrates the liberating effect of the lift and the limiting effect of load bearing brick construction. It was the first of the Prell buildings and first in Melbourne with passenger lifts along with the Wallach Brothers warehouse.


The Lombard Building is a seven storey office building, including basement, constructed in 1889 for Balfour, Elliott & Co. The architect was Reed, Henderson & Smart and the builder was H Lockington of Carlton. The Lombard Building is constructed of load bearing brick with a stuccoed facade. It is arranged about a light well located on the south facade. Internally there is structural use of iron. Stylistically the building gains in complexity as it rises and makes free use of the classical language, notably with arched openings, pediments, pilasters, a Hellenistic frieze and a large Diocletian window. The picturesque roofline with pedimented parapet and bold flanking chimney stacks is an early indication of the emerging Queen Anne Revival style. Wrought iron balustrading at the ground floor level masks the basement level. The interior and the main entrance doors have been considerably altered. In 1926 an electric lift was installed adjacent to the original hydraulic lift.

Architect: Reed, Henderson & Smart

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