Walking Melbourne


1916 - 1939

The Interwar period saw the emergence of the newer modern styles, in response to the Great Depression.

Styles of this period included Art-Deco, Moderne, Functionalist, Spanish Mission, Chicagoesque, Commercial Palazzo and the Classical and Georgian Revivals.

Interwar Melbourne was arguably the finest period of development, often referred to as the city beautiful, in which the height limited city was beginning to "fill out" uniformly with a variety of pre-modern structures.

However, since then many of Melbournes finest Interwar structures suffered the same fate as Victorian and Edwardian buildings, as demolitions of the 60s and 70s, which were against anything "pre-war" and often indiscriminant to this more recent breed. Among the casualties were the APA tower, Melbournes tallest for many years, the Strand, Hotel Australia, Howey Court and MLC buildings. Still, many fine commercial examples from this era do remain, particularly in the retail heart of the city between Flinders, Elizabeth, Russel and Latrobe Streets.

Important remaining buildings include the Manchester Unity, Shrine of Remembrance, Century Tower, former National Bank of Australia, Nicholas Buiding, T&G buildings and Myer, Port Authority, Yule House, Regent, State and Capitol Theatres.

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