Finks Building (demolished) - 276 Flinders Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Finks Building: 276 Flinders Street, MELBOURNE

Finks Building

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Building Profile

Name : Finks Building

Location

Address: 276 Flinders Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Finks Building was a landmark

Construction Details

Built: 1888
Original use: Office
Current use: Office

Height
(to roof) : 43
(to pinnacle) : 43
number of floors : 10

Built in the Victorian period in the Mannerist style

Notable features

The 10 storey building was Melbournes tallest when built, just slightly smaller than the nearby Australian building (13 storeys). The tower originally featured a complex undulating Mannerist facade crowned by several picturesque features on the skyline, including a high mansard roof. The picturesque effect of the building was removed from the city skyline after the building was destroyed by fire.

History

Architect: Twentyman & Askew


This building has been destroyed (1897)

Finks Building was a spectacularly tall office building from the boom of the 1880s was consumed by one of Melbournes biggest fires, which decimated almost an entire city block. In response to the fire, and the emerging hazard that such tall buildings caused, the Metropolitain Fire Brigade was formed shortly afterfward. Rebuilt a few years later and finally demolished in the 1960s



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