Tram and Omnibus Building - 669-677 Bourke Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Tram and Omnibus Building: 669-677 Bourke Street, MELBOURNE

Tram and Omnibus Building

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Building Profile

Name : Tram and Omnibus Building

Location

Address: 669-677 Bourke Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Tram and Omnibus Building is a landmark

Construction Details

Built: 1891
Original use: Office
Current use: Commercial

number of floors : 4

Built in the Victorian period in the Neo-Gothic style

Notable features

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.

History

Architect: Twentyman & Askew




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