Walking Melbourne


As reinforced concrete and elevators allowed taller and taller buildings, architects who still wished to express traditionalism were forced to create stretched palazzos. These palazzos emerged between 1910 and 1940 and were common in North America.

Ornamentation is often featured at the crown and base level, with only occasional features between.

Cornices and string courses were used to mark important sections of the massing.

The buildings are characterised by unusual spatial relationships.

Many of Melbournes tall palazzos were treated with the same indiscriminate disdain as earlier buildings. A spectacular collection once lined the area between Queen, Market and Collins Streets has now dwindled to a handful.

Most noteable of these is the London Stores (Bourke Street), Savoy Hotel (Spencer Street) and the Nicholas Building (Swanston Street).

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