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Former Lyric House and Kodak House

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Text from Walking Melbourne

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

Former Lyric House and Kodak House

250 and 252 Collins Street


These two buildings show the tall thin proportions of many interwar buildings on Collins Street, and each is notable in its own way. Lyric House won the 1931 RVIA Street architecture Medal, the year it was completed, and was designed by A & K Henderson for Wertheim, Melbourne’s premier piano retailer, and was described as ‘an architectural representation of the Spirit of Music’. This is perhaps expressed by the string-like narrow fenestration, but more particularly by the figures on the entry arch, depicted playing the flute, lute and cymbals, Kodak House, completed only four years later in 1935, shows the fundamental shift to modern forms; designed by architects Oakley & Parkes, the façade is dominated by the vertical ribbing of the central ‘curtain-wall’ section, executed in shiny chromed metal.


Two old black and white shots below, and a recent shot of mine follows.

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Dangerous Beans's picture

Love em. Kodak house seems to lose something without it's signage at the top, and the awning detracts from it somewhat, but it is still a gem.
Thanks again Peter.

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Photograph taken in September 1935.

I collect, therefore I am.

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 00:00
City of Port Phillip will this week indicate that it has sufficient reason to object to two pending projects in Port Melbourne. 17 Rocklea Drive and 365-391 Plummer Street are both within the Wirraway Precinct of Fishermans Bend, and both projects are under the authority of the Minister for Planning.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

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Transport & Design

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