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Text from Walking Melbourne

The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne

Flinders Street Station

South-west corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets

 

This huge eclectic Edwardian structure, with its domed entrance, clock tower and strident red brick façade is one of the best loved landmarks of Melbourne, and ‘under the clocks’ on the corner is a traditional meeting place. The hub of Melbourne’s suburban train system since the first railway opened in 1854, it lacked a suitably grand building for years. Plans for a station in 1880 were shelved, and the present building, by JW Fawcett and HPC Ashworth, won a design competition in 1899, and was completed in 1910. Attesting to its iconic status, the building has generated numerous urban legends, the most interesting being that the design as sent from England, and was actually intended for Bombay, but got mixed up in the post!

 

Below are images of this Edwardian Baroque masterpiece throughout its history.

 

The original Flinders Street Station.

 

Above and below, the current Flinders Street Station built between 1905-10.

 

Photograph taken in 1946 on a rainy day.

 

The Ballroom.

 

Flinders Street station decorated for the Victorian Railways Centenary and royal visit.

 

Recent postcard showing that the triangular pediments on top of the Flinders Street entrances have been removed.

 

Above, an Edwardian postcard showing the Elizabeth Street entrance to Flinders Street station with pediments.

Below a recent photograph I've taken of Flinders Street Station from Elizabeth Street, clearly showing the missing triangular pediments on both sides of the clock tower.

 

Three more of my own.

 

West end of station, Flinders Street.

The clock tower, above and below.

 

 

Two more old postcards.

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Festooned lighting on Flinders Street Station in 1954 to celebrate the centenary of Victorian Railways and also the 1954 Royal Visit.

 

The interior of the large dome.

 

What could have been if the roof over the platforms was ever completed.

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Two more photographs of mine.

 

Another postcard, one of many throughout the years.

If ever one was to judge Melbourne's most popular landmark by postcard appearances, Flinders Street Station would win hands down!

 

On a metcard.

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Flinders Street Station design competition

In November 2011, the Victorian Government launched a $1 million international design competition to rejuvenate and restore the station. In October 2012, after receiving 118 submissions, six finalists were selected. The public could vote for the people's choice award until August 5 and the jury's choice and people's choice winner were announced on August 8, 2013. The competition winner was HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron, while the people's choice winner were University of Melbourne students Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina.

 

Images from:

http://www.indesignlive.com/articles/projects/flinders-st-station-hassel...

 

Detailed information:

http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/hassell-herzog-de-meuron-wi...

 

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Books on Flinders Street Station

 

Flinders St Station

Melbourne’s Taj Mahal

Marc Fiddian

Galaxy Print and Design

First published in 2003

 

In print

 

Whether it’s a packed station or an empty station, there’s something to stir the memory at Flinders Street Station. While essentially a station serving the suburban network, it nevertheless ranks as one of the world’s great railway terminals.

 

Pocket size and although the photographs could have been printed better, the book is well researched.

 

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Beyond the Facade

Flinders Street, more than just a railway station

Jenny Davies

 

Jenny Davies Endless Possibilities

First published in 2009

 

In print

 

Beyond the Façade invites the reader to explore the many and varied uses of Flinders Street Station over and above its primary function as the central suburban rail terminus.

 

The definitive book on The Flinders Street Railway Station.

 

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What do people think of another north/south underground walkway below the station connected rather than canopies which block views and things?
Also what would you do with the structures on the left hand side with a red outline?

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Decaying Flinders Street Station to get $100 million facelift

February 18, 2015 - 12:13PM

The station's fabled, frayed ballroom. Photo: Ken Irwin

Flinders Street Station will get a $100 million facelift, including a restoration of its fabled but decaying ballroom.

The station's leaking roof will be repaired and passenger facilities including toilets will be modernised in a project the state government estimates will take four to five years.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the $100 million project on radio station 3AW on Wednesday morning. 

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Photograph taken in the 1910s of the station along Flinders Street from west to east.

Photograph taken in 1914.

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Photograph taken in the 1930s.

From Elizabeth Street facing the clock tower in the late 1950s.

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The new Lecture Hall at the official opening of the Victorian Railways Institute on Saturday 22 January 1910.

The updated Concert Hall (Ballroom) in 1927 with the addition of a ‘proscenium’ which had both fixed and movable pressed metal side panels and a head panel.

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Flinders Street Station in 1954 to celebrate the 1954 Royal Visit.

Flinders Street Station looking a little grubby in the 1960s.

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Flinders Street Station at night. My photograph.

Postcard of Flinders Street Station during White Night Festival.

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Another recent postcard featuring Flinders Street Station.

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Flinders Street Station on a silver dollar coin.

Flinders Street Station on a commemorative medallion.

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City Hatters and granite blocks on the ground floor and basement level of Flinders Street.

The ceiling just inside the main entrance.

Both my photographs.

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The clock tower over the Elizabeth Street entrance is not as famous as the dome, but viewed along Elizabeth Street, it's taller and much more prominent.

 

Looking south down Elizabeth Street, near the Flinders Lane intersection ~ 1910s.

State Library of Victoria.

 

The clock's central mechanism operates all four clock faces.

Major Projects Victoria.

 

The original clock tower at Elizabeth Street in the 1880s. It was operated by electricity.

State Library of Victoria.

http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/blog/archive/elizabeth-street-and-the-clock-tower/

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/work-to-save-flinders-street-station-begins

Work To Save Flinders Street Station Begins

Monday 21 September 2015

Works on the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million restoration and upgrade of Flinders Street Station will begin next week.

Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited the Melbourne icon today to detail works to make the station safer, brighter and more user-friendly.

From next week, lighting on platforms will be upgraded and redundant departure and signage boards will be removed.

Further improvements – including better access to the station and platforms, upgrades to the dingy toilets and installation of bigger, more helpful passenger information boards – will follow over the coming months.

These works are in addition to the new, faster, next-generation myki readers that were installed on all gates last month.

Urgent works to repair the building’s crumbling exterior and clock tower, and fix the leaky roof will also begin in the coming months.

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I do wonder thought, when the 2, large, triangular pediments were removed from either side of the clock tower. I hope they consider rebuilding them.

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Flinders Street Station illuminated for Prince of Wales visit in 1920.

http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/795920

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/100-million-flinders-street-station-restor...

$100 Million Flinders Street Station Restoration Ramps Up

1 March 2016

Work to save and restore Flinders Street Station – the heart of the city’s train network – is ramping up.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce the contract to transform Flinders Street Station, and reveal new details about the extensive improvements that will be delivered through the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million project.

Australian construction company Built Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to refurbish the historic Administration Building.

Works will begin in the coming weeks and will include fixing the leaky roof, restoring the crumbling façade and re-painting the more than 100 year-old building.

To improve the station for passengers, the concourse will be extended along Swanston Street, with new entrances at the western end of the station near Elizabeth Street, and in the Degraves Subway.

The main entrance on the corner of Swanston Street will be redesigned to make it easier to get in and out, and ticketing services across the station will be revamped to allow people to get through the gates faster.

http://www.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/project/flinders-street-station/

 

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Flinders Street Station To Be Repainted In Its Original Colours

13 October 2016

Flinders Street Station will be restored to its original 1910 colours as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s restoration and upgrade of the iconic Melbourne landmark.

Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan announced today that the current mustard colour will become a lighter, stone colour, while the maroon sections and green trimmings will be darkened, to reflect the colours the historic station was  painted when it first opened more than 100 years ago.

Flinders Street has been repainted five times since the early 1900s. Determining the original colours involved detailed forensic analysis by the University of Melbourne, to peel back the layers and find the original paint.

Repainting will happen in sections, and is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

As well as repairing and restoring Flinders Street Station’s crumbling façade, the Labor Government’s $100 million upgrade will fix the leaky roof, upgrade the entrances and make the busy station more functional for passengers.

Work is already well underway. The dingy toilets on the main concourse have been refurbished, better lighting has been installed on the platforms and repairs have begun on the administrative building.

The full upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

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Major Restoration Of Flinders Street Station Ramps Up

30 January 2017

The Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million project to save and clean up Flinders Street Station is ramping up.

From this evening, scaffolding will start being installed on Flinders Street at the western end of the Administration Building, to enable extensive restoration works.

These works will include repairs to the façade of the iconic building and repainting it to its original 1910 colours.

The scaffolding will be constructed above the station awning, supported by ground-level towers running along the building’s northern façade.

For the safety of the public and workers, a construction zone will be fenced off underneath the scaffolding, which will reach just over a metre from the building.

Shops along the Flinders Street side of the Administration Building will remain open throughout the works, and pedestrians will still be able to use the footpath, although it will be narrower than it is currently.

Scaffolding has already been installed on the Platform 1 side of the Administration Building to allow roof replacement, waterproofing and painting works to be carried out.

Works completed to date include the refurbishment of toilets on the main concourse and upgrades to lighting across all platforms.

Planning is well progressed to refurbish the Elizabeth Street subway toilets and build a new entrance to Platform 10 at the western end of the station. These works are expected to start in the next few months.

The scaffolding on both sides of the Administration Building will remain in place until 2018.

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