Former Money Order Post Office and Savings Bank: 318-320 Little Bourke Street, MELBOURNE
Building ProfileName : Former Money Order Post Office and Savings Bank
LocationAddress: 318-320 Little Bourke Street
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1890
Original use: Office
Current use: Accomodation
number of floors : 4
Built in the Victorian period in the Mannerist style
The building is constructed of load-bearing brickwork, rendered to the main south facade and the west facade. The internal floors are supported by cast iron columns. The design utilised contemporary developments in fireproof construction, including encasing the iron columns in fireproof plaster. The floor system is massed concrete cast over vaulted corrugated iron forms on iron or steel joists carried by the columns. Lath and plaster ceilings are suspended beneath the iron formwork. Timber floors sit on top of the concrete. The hipped roofs are supported by a timber and wrought iron truss frame. The planning of the building is uncomplicated and modern in character with open-plan floors, grouped services at the rear, stairs and lifts at the front and rear and large repetitive windows along the east and west walls. The arcaded ground floor chamber is heavily embellished with plaster detail but the decorative scheme gradually reduces in detail on the upper floors.
HistoryArchitect: Peter Kerr
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