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Former London Stores

Peter Maltezos's picture
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From Walking Melbourne

The National Trust Guide to The Historic and Architectural Landmarks of Central Melbourne

Former London Stores

341-357 Bourke Street, south-east corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets

 

One of the major emporiums in the mid 20th Century, with offices above two floors of men’s wear, it was designed by H W & F B Tompkins and completed in 1925.

The corner site and large scale make this one of the landmark examples of the Commercial Palazzo form, articulated with simplified classical details such as the balconies at the second floor, and the large cornice at the top.

 

In the two old shots below, one can see the old Beehive Clothing Company building that used to occupy the site the London Stores building now does.

 

 

 

One of my own shots below showing the Former London Stores building.

 

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Glennwilson's picture

Classic building Peter.

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MelbourneGuy's picture

Never really looked at this building until now and it actually reminds me of the old Commonwealth Bank moneybox that my father had. Or was it the State Bank,I can't remember.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

Yes, it looks a bit like the moneybox because of the colour and shape.

 

 

The Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, the moneybox is based on has a different colour scheme and apart from the general shape and size, does not look that similar to the London Stores Building.

 

 

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MelbourneGuy's picture

Thanks PM, your pictures brought back some old treasured memories.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

From the roof of Myer's Bourke Street in early 1925 we see the London Stores building under construction.

http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/773242/negative-looking-s...

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