Robbs Buildings (demolished) - 525 Collins Street.. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Robbs Buildings: 525 Collins Street., MELBOURNE

Robbs Buildings
Robbs Buildings
Robbs Buildings
Robbs Buildings
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Building Profile

Name : Robbs Buildings


Address: 525 Collins Street.

Postcode: 3000

Robbs Buildings was a landmark

Construction Details

Built: 1885
Original use: Office
Current use: Not Used or Not Applicable

number of floors : 5

Built in the Victorian period in the Renaissance Revival style

Notable features

Robbs building is a strictly classical composition featuring an overt load bearing structure, fine stone treatment and a subtly undulating facade. A squat mass of building is given height by progressively finer treatment with each storey. The giant order and cornice of the 3rd and 4th floors is notable, and with the addition of the attic storey reflects a Renaissance ideal of scale and human proportion.

The building had five storeys, plus two levels of cellars below Collins Street. Its facade had a Malmsbury stone base - the upper levels were cement rendered brick. The building housed offices, showrooms and the cellars as warehouses.

Robbs building was situated directly opposite the Federal Hotel and Coffee palace.


Architect: Thomas Watts & Sons

This building has been destroyed (1980)

Robbs building was destroyed to make way for the Rialto towers office complex. It was one of a row of buildings sacrificed for the complex. The National Trust argued that it was a fine example of strictly classical architecture, and one of few remaining large Victorian city buildings. Bruno Grollo, the construction giant behind the Rialto development argued that in time, the grand glass atrium of the Rialto complex would become more significant.

A single rusticated storey on Kings Street is all that remains and the only reminder of Robbs building.

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