I am fascinated by some of the "Coffee Palaces" or "Temperance Hotels" built in Melbourne in the 1880s ... one of the best collections that there was with only a handful left.
I am hoping that someone has some more detail on some of these massive buildings ...
Melbourne Coffee Palace (demolished in 50s)
Federal Coffee Palace - grand mother of them all... touted to be converted into a casino before eventual demolition in the 1970s.
Hawthorn Coffee Palace (know almost nothing about this one) ...
Collingwood Coffee Palace (ditto)
St Kilda Coffee Palace (one of few that still exists - albeit not as spectacular as many that don't)
Junction Hotel St Kilda (demolished in 60s)
Grand Hotel Spring Street (now Windsor still exists as a 5 star hotel - probably Melbourne's grandest survivor)
Burke & Wills Hotel & Coffee Palace Collins Street