Walking Melbourne


Inspired by the Chicago school, which stressed the expression of the underlying steel frame structure in the facade treatment. This was a North American style, and achieved excellent interior lighting by opening up large horizontal stretches of window between vertical pilasters.

Melbourne has suprisingly few representatives of this style, most probably because the delay in the 1880s Chicago style reaching Australia coincided with the property bust.

Possibly Melbournes best remaining example of the style is the Snider & Abrahams Building on Swanston Street. A highly notable example, but now demolished, was the American Romanesque Colonial Mutual Life Building on the corner of Collins and Elizabeth.

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