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Melbourne's Tallest Buildings - A Chronological Listing

Melbourne's skyscraper record is impressive, by any standards. The city has a history of tall buildings, just as do other cities such as Chicago and New York.
Discover the landmarks that pushed the city's skyward limits .....

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Gone but not forgotten ... Melbourne landmarks of yesteryear

Melbourne still possesses many magnificent reminders of a glorious past, however much of Victorian Melbourne was destroyed between the 1950s and 1980s. Looking at Melbourne today, it is hard to picture how the city might have looked during the glory days and boom times of the 1890s and 1930s. When seeing these buildings for the first time, it is hard to believe that some of these landmark buildings ever existed. Some may have deserved to die, but others we can only reminisce.
Discover some of the lost gems of Marvellous Melbourne ....
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The buildings of William Pitt, Melbourne's master Victorian architect

No other architect did more to shape the distinctive Victorian skyline of Melbourne than the master architect William Pitt. An artist, politician and theatre architect, William Pitt was one of the fathers of high-Victorian Melbourne, inspiring the grand Neo-Gothic skyscrapers of Collins Street, the ornate inner city factories and grand theatres until his death in 1918. Pitt took full advantage of the affluent boom time in Melbourne to produce buildings of the pure flamboyant opulence that typified the Victorian era.
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Heritage Neo-Gothic Melbourne

Far away from the the hills of Baronial Germany and England, courtesy of the Victorian boomtime revival of the Gothic idiom, Melbourne has one of the largest collections of Neo-Gothic architecture anywhere in the world. Combined with the use of brooding local bluestone, since 1860 Melbourne has been and still is very much a Gothic city.
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Heritage Art-Deco Melbourne

The 1920s and 1930s were very much a second boom for Melbourne. Following the stock market crash of the 1890s, and World War 1, Melbourne quickly began to modernise. As a result, Melbourne has quite a large and oft underrated collection of Inter-War Art Deco, influenced largely by the American cities of New York and Chicago. Due to the 40 metre height limit imposed on Melbourne, these buildings has a much more civic scale, and a style all of their own.
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Marvellous Melbourne's Magnificent Mansions

The optimism and prosperity of gold rush Melbourne led to an unprecedented land boom. As property prices soared, tycoons and entrepeneurs built their dream homes, many modelled on the great villas of Europe and particularly Italy. After the great crash an untold number of these mansions have been converted to other uses, torn down or subdivided. However many spectacular examples remain today. This search which shows demolished and remaining mansions in their grandeur and splendour ...

Melbourne Landmarks

Melbourne was one of Australia's first planned cities. With a grid CBD plan originally laid out by colonial surveyor Robert Hoddle in the 1830s, Melbourne architects have embraced the wide boulevard streets, grand gardens and prominent street corners to create lasting impressions on the urban landscape. As a result, Melbourne is a collection of landmarks, not relying on a bridge, statue or harbour for character, but instead directly on the streets themselves.
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Melbourne's Gothic Educational buildings

Early in the city's history, the University of Melbourne decided on the Neo-Gothic style to be the default standard for it's educational buildings. Many other leading institutions followed suit, resulting in a spectacular collection of gothic Primary, High School and University buildings.
Discover Melbourne's gothic schools ...

Heritage Listed Buildings by Suburb or Postcode

A listing of suburbs with buildings in the Walking Melbourne database that are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR), which means that they are protected by law. Victorian Law is such that the building must be replaced or rebuilt if demolished or compromised. While the National Trust maintains a list of significant buildings, Trust registering does not protect the buildings.

Melbourne Terrace Houses by Suburb or Postcode

Melbourne has one of the best collection of Victorian terrace homes (also known as town or row houses) in the world. The movement which originated in England made best use of available landspace. Some notable examples exist in cities like New Orleans, Philadephia, London and Sydney. The popular Victorian Filligree style saw decpratove cast iron become extremely popular in the city during the 1880s and the polychrome brick style also produced a uniquely "Melbourne" style of terrace. Below you'll find links to the suburbs with some of the more notable terraces.

Melbourne's flat terrain has produced regular terraced house patterns, and the wealth of the gold rush fuelled speculative housing development and also ensured that many terraces were built with ornate and elaborate details in a plethora of different styles, often collectively referred to as "boom" style. Melbourne has more decorative cast iron than any other city in the world and much of this was used to decorate its terrace houses in the filigree style with decorative cast iron balconies, material which was first imported before local foundries began due to high demand. The earliest surviving terrace house in Melbourne is Glass Terrace, 72-74 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (1853-54). Royal Terrace at 50-68 Nicholson Street Fitzroy, completed three years later is only slightly younger and is the oldest surviving complete row.

Multi-storey terraced housing became prevalent in the Melbourne suburbs of Middle Park, Albert Park, East Melbourne, South Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, St Kilda, Balaclava, Richmond, South Yarra, Cremorne, North Melbourne, Fitzroy, Port Melbourne, West Melbourne, Footscray, Hawthorn, Abbortsford, Burnley, Brunswick, Parkville, Flemington, Kensington and Elsternwick. Freestanding terraces and single storey terraces can be found elsewhere within 10 kilometres of the Melbourne city centre.

Although Melbourne retains a large number of heritage registered terraces, many rows were substantially affected by widescale slum reclamation programs for public housing during the 1950s and 60s. Later private development of walk-up flats and in-fill development has further reduced the number of complete rows. As a result, streets and suburbs which contain large intact rows of terrace housing are now fairly rare. Suburbs such as Albert Park, Fitzroy, Carlton, Parkville and East Melbourne are now subject to strict heritage overlays to preserve what is left of these streetscapes.

Some of the more notable examples of terrace housing in Melbourne include the heritage registered Tasma Terrace, Canterbury, Clarendon Terrace, Burlington Terrace, Cypress Terrace, Dorset Terrace, Nepean Terrace and Annerly Terrace (East Melbourne), Blanche Terrace, Cobden Terrace, Holyrood Terrace (Fitzroy), Rochester Terrace and the St Vincent Gardens precinct (Albert Park), Royal Terrace, Holcombe Terrace, Denver Terrace, Dalmeny House & Cramond House, and Benvenuta (Carlton), Marion Terrace (St Kilda) and Finn Barr (South Melbourne).

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