Russell Street Police HQ: 336-376 Russell Street, MELBOURNE
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Building ProfileName : Russell Street Police HQ
LocationAddress: 336-376 Russell Street
Russell Street Police HQ is a landmark
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1940 - 1943
Original use: Office
Current use: Residential (Apartments)
number of floors : 16
Built in the Forties period in the Art-Deco style
The former Police Headquarters Complex is architecturally significant as a rare, surviving example of an early stepped geometric New York or Los Angeles style skyscraper, with brick-facing, in which the combination of radio mast and building form epitomises architectural design of the 1930s. The buildings are also significant for the relatively early moderne style of the ground floor foyer.
The headquarters building was for some time one of the tallest and most visible buildings in Melbourne and was readily identified by Victorians as symbolising the law and order within the state.
With the step-back form inspired by the empire state, this building became like a mini empire-state for many Victorians.
HistoryArchitect: Percy Everett
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