Equity Trustees Building - 472-478 Bourke Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Equity Trustees Building: 472-478 Bourke Street, MELBOURNE

Equity Trustees Building

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Building Profile

Name : Equity Trustees Building

Location

Address: 472-478 Bourke Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Construction Details

Built: 1930 - 1931
Original use: Office
Current use: Office

number of floors : 6

Built in the Interwar period in the Palazzo style

Notable features

This early 1930s building reflects the then characteristic application of historically inspired architectural detail to contemporary building forms. The nature and use of Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing to the facade and principal interiors is particularly fine

History

The building, costing 75,000 pounds, was constructed by building firm Weavell and Keast. The site was previously that of the first Synagogue in Victoria. The six storey front elevation is constructed of face brickwork on a double storey Sydney sandstone plinth. Upper windows are recessed with decorated spandrels. The facade is crowned by a terracotta band, the projecting central bay being elaborately decorated with corbels supporting pointed arches and decorated square panels. Stylistically the details are derived from Italian Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The central entrance opens into a hallway, extending to the large rear main office which occupies much of the site, for its full width. Two lifts are located in a passage which is perpendicular to the central main hall in the manner of the times. Particularly notable features of the building are the incised foliated bands and other decoration to the facade, the arcaded entry, front doors and coffered, coved ceiling. Internally the entry hall features - complete with its elaborately decorated post box, patterned timber veneer lined lift cars and the Corinthian column supported main ground floor room - are all of note. Architects Oakley and Parkes are better known for the modern style buildings that they designed at this time.

Architect: Oakley & Parkes




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