Former New Zealand Mercantile building - 538-544 Collins Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Former New Zealand Mercantile building: 538-544 Collins Street, MELBOURNE

Former New Zealand Mercantile building

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Building Profile

Name : Former New Zealand Mercantile building

Location

Address: 538-544 Collins Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Former New Zealand Mercantile building is a landmark

Construction Details

Built: 1909 - 1910
Original use: Office
Current use: Office

number of floors : 6

Built in the Edwardian period in the Eclectic style

Notable features

A baroque Arts & Crafts building which draws for inspiration a number of styles including classical, art noveau and Queene Anne, Romanesque and Mannerism. A distincly red brick and render in an unusual combination with oriels and early Chicagoesque balconies and Romanesque giant order gives the building an unusual sense of solidarity.

The roofline was originally composed of fanciful and elegant Edwardian motifs, the tower of which is still evident.

A rare example of free Edwardian baroque in Melbourne.

History

Architect: Oakden & Ballantyne




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