The Collector wrote:
I did a bit of research myself.
The building is called Brooklawn
, at 91-97 Fitzroy Street.
The architects could have been Smith & Johnson
and constructed in 1882.Brooklawn
has been a private house, the French Consulate and a brothel.
It was probably sometime in the 1950s that shops were built in the front garden.
In the 1990s the shop at No. 91 was reconstructed and became Chronicles
has now been converted into apartments.http://www.skhs.org.au/SKHSbuildings/18.htm
On closer inspection, Brooklawn is at 91-97 Fitzroy as you mentioned which is the lovely grey building and then at 85-87 was The Villa and these are the photo's I have posted. I have seen that some of Brooklawn is now Brooklawn Mansions Bed & Breakfast Residence 5, 95 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, VIC 3182...interesting.