Paton Building - 115-117 Elizabeth Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Paton Building: 115-117 Elizabeth Street, MELBOURNE

Paton Building

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Building Profile

Name : Paton Building

Location

Address: 115-117 Elizabeth Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Construction Details

Built: 1905
Original use: Office
Current use: Office

Built in the Edwardian period in the Art Noveau style

Notable features

The Paton Building was one of the earliest, and remains one of the most intact, examples of the use of the Romanesque style combined with the light framed oriel window in Melbourne. Although short-lived, this style was an important departure from Melbournes late Victorian architecture. The capital mouldings, decoration and name plate represent one of the most fluent applications of Art Nouveau styling in Melbourne. The use of a variety of materials for the facade combine into one of the most sophisticated and intact applications of such a range of materials in the city for the period. The Paton Building is significant as one of the few surviving works from Nahum Barnets early period, and is one of the few substantially intact examples of his multistoreyed office designs. The Building is of further interest for its association with Barnet whose offices were on the top floor from 1905-24

History

Architect: Nahum Barnet




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