Elephant and Wheelbarrow - 169 Fitzroy Street. ST KILDA [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Elephant and Wheelbarrow: 169 Fitzroy Street, ST KILDA

Elephant and Wheelbarrow
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Building Profile

Name : Elephant and Wheelbarrow
Past Names : Ritz Hotel


Address: 169 Fitzroy Street

Postcode: 3182

Construction Details

Built: ~1920
Original use: Club/Hotel/Coffee Palace
Current use: Club/Hotel/Coffee Palace

number of floors : 3

Built in the Interwar period in the Eclectic style

Notable features

Faceted and arch windowed composition with steep terracotta roof and stained glass windows.  Detailed even without its once prominent twin tourelles


The Ritz was once one of St Kilda's seedier hotels.

It lost its decorative twin spires in the 1950s.

From the 1960s it was the home of prostitution in the red light district.

It hosted Melbourne's first drag show in 1970.

The hotel became a backpackers in the 1980s and a Elephant and the Wheelbarrow hotel.


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