Walking Melbourne

Beaux Arts

Buildings from the Beaux Arts school in Paris featured imposing, monumental scale and often expressed by giant order columns.

New building materials, including reinforced concrete enabled large interior spaces, whilst exteriors remained classically inspired.

Often used for banking institutions, and very common in New York and Chicago in the 1920s.

  • Former Port Authority
  • Former Mail Exchange
  • Argus Building

Relatively rare in Australia.

Nevertheless, Melbourne possesses some fine examples of the style. Without a doubt, the Port Authority building is the greatest of these.

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