Walking Melbourne


1940 - 1949

The Forties in Melbourne saw a continuance of the modern experimentation of the Interwar years, with a tendency for far less ornamentation than the previous era. Cars were becoming common in the inner city, as were the double decker bus. New materials for building included the application of housebrick to city buildings. Generally, however, building slowed to an almost halt during the 1940s with very little build and most of what was built still remaining today.

Styles of this period included Art-Deco, Moderne, Functionalist and Early Modern.

Important buildings of the period include the Russell Street Police Station, FAI Insurance building, the Former Russell Street Telephone Exchange and Barlow Jensen House.

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