The Main Hall of the Old Customs House (now the Immigration Museum) is an inside-out version of the Erechtheon, a temple near the Parthenon in Athens.
Nicholas Buildings 27-41 Swanston Street Date of construction: 1925-26, 1939-40 The Nicholas Building is the most distinctive commercial palazzo in Melbourne. The building has many classical and Greek revival elements such as large columns, balconies, wide cornice, marble stairs and tiled corridors. The facade is clad with terracotta faience. The cathedral arcade is located on the ground floor and its glazed leadlight barrel vaultedceiling is a main feature of the building. The Nicholas Building was originally used as offices and currently accommodates many art studios.
The Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building is of architectural significance as one of the most accomplished examples in Melbourne of 20th century Beaux-Arts-influenced Greek Revival architecture.
The GPO is composed of three layers of Doric, Corinthian and Ionic architecture.
The Former Mail Exchange is of architectural significance as a major example of the early work of the Commonwealth Department of Works and its first chief architect, J.S. Murdoch. The building is a distinguished example of beaux-arts classical design, and its Greek flavour was ten years ahead of Melbourne’s mainstream Modern Greek revival.
Argus Building, Elizabeth Street, Beaux Arts.
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