Tram and Omnibus Building: 669-677 Bourke Street, MELBOURNE
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Building ProfileName : Tram and Omnibus Building
LocationAddress: 669-677 Bourke Street
Tram and Omnibus Building is a landmark
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1891
Original use: Office
Current use: Commercial
number of floors : 4
Built in the Victorian period in the Neo-Gothic style
One of a rare collection of Venetian Gothic-inspired buildings in Melbournes West end. The Gothic style, often associated with churches, became fashionable as an expression of Melbournes boom era wealth in a number of temples of commerce, especially in Collins Street. This building can be seen in the same light, although its styling is considerably more restrained than the Olderfleet or Rialto. The buildings significance is enhanced by the high degree of integrity of its interior fittings and spaces. The tilework in the entrance and foyer, leadlight windows, wooden staircases and other elements are especially notable, providing an excellent sense of 19th century office building interiors.
The gable of the building is elaborately decorated with a tilework mosaic.
This is my favourite building in Melbourne.
HistoryArchitect: Twentyman & Askew
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