Young and Jacksons Hotel - 1 Swanston Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Young and Jacksons Hotel: 1 Swanston Street, MELBOURNE

Young and Jacksons Hotel
Young and Jacksons Hotel
Young and Jacksons Hotel
Young and Jacksons Hotel
Young and Jacksons Hotel

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Building Profile

Name : Young and Jacksons Hotel


Address: 1 Swanston Street

Postcode: 3000

Construction Details

Built: 1853 - 1922
Original use: Club/Hotel/Coffee Palace
Current use: Club/Hotel/Coffee Palace

number of floors : 3

Built in the Victorian period in the Colonial Georgian/Regency style

Notable features

an early colonial example of the Renaissance Style. Rich in ornament in key places, notably restrained in others. Representative of the typical corner Melbourne pub, yet in the very heart of the city.


Young and Jacksons Princes Bridge Hotel is an amalgamation of five separate buildings of two and three storeys. The original 1853 bluestone building was designed as a three-storey residence, with a butchers shop on the ground floor. It opened as a hotel in July 1861 with John T Toohey as licensee. It was later extended in both directions, incorporating a shop to the north in Swanston Street and two early bluestone stores to the west on Flinders Street. All the buildings have been rendered and painted to match each other but the original stone corner building can be readily identified. In 1875 Henry Figsby Young and Thomas Jackson took over the licence, extended the hotel and gave it the name by which it is now popularly known. The architect John Flannigan and the builder Henry Wright undertook the renovations, including the removal of the original timber shopfronts and the addition of the brick parapets and pediments. In 1908 Henry Young purchased the painting Chloe and displayed it in the saloon bar. Chloe is a painting of a nude female by the Frenchman Jules Lefebvre. This painting had been the subject of public outcry when it had been shipped to Melbourne for the 1880-81 International Exhibition at the Royal Exhibition Buildings. Its display at the hotel ensured great publicity for Young. Young sold his leasehold in 1914 to the brewer Stephen Morell. During Morells tenancy the hotel absorbed another of the former stores extending west along Flinders Street. In 1921 the freeholder united all the previous perimeter occupancies to form one large hotel facade. The architect of this work was the hotel specialist Richard B Whittaker. The red glaze tile dado and ornamental frieze was added to combat the grime at ground level. The streetscape of the hotel is dominated by large advertising signs fixed to the exterior, a feature of the hotel since the 1920s.

Architect: John Flannagan

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