Walking Melbourne

Stripped Classical

Emerging modernism in the late 1930s inspired a variation of classicism which was devoid of all ornamentation.

Led by the beliefs of Adolph Loos that Ornamentation is Crime, architects created classical compositions with spartan appearances.

These buildings feature plain walls and vertical spandrel emphasis with occasional classical columns and traditional materials (such as stone and teracotta).

Melbourne had only a handful of buildings erected in this styler, and the best example is the Royal College of Surgeons on Spring Street.

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