Prahran Arcade: 282-284 Chapel Street, PRAHRAN
Building ProfileName : Prahran Arcade
Past Names : The Centreway
LocationAddress: 282-284 Chapel Street
Prahran Arcade is a landmark
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1889 - 1890
Original use: Commercial
Current use: Commercial
number of floors : 2
Built in the Victorian period in the Second Empire style
The three storey street facade, designed in the Victorian Second Empire style features deep balconies and a profusion of elaborate cement decorative elements. The original mansard roof has been removed, a cantilevered street verandah added and the ground level facade altered. The lofty glazed gable roofed arcade has arching iron trusses and a pilastered blind upper storey. The arcade shopfronts have been removed. The Prahran Arcade is of architectural and aesthetic significance as a representative example of Victorian Second Empire architectural style applied to a suburban commercial building. The styles profusion of controlled elegant detail epitomises the excesses of late 19th century architecture in Victoria. The application of the style to the Prahran Arcade, which stood cheek by jowel with its neighbours, is unusual, because it was typically applied to more free-standing structures such as the Town Hall and Shamrock Hotel at Bendigo, and the former Records Office, Queen Street, Melbourne.
HistoryArchitect: George McMullen
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