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Former Melbourne Safe Deposit Building

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From Walking Melbourne

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

Former Melbourne Safe Deposit Building

88-92 Queen Street


Constructed in 1890 for the safe keeping of valuables and securities in vaults in the basement, this building is another notable example of the Gothic Revival, the favoured style of the architect, William Pitt. The façade includes moulded griffins and heraldic figures in delicate Gothic detailing, and has an overall form that was further elaborated in his design for the Stock Exchange around the corner the next year.


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Peter Maltezos's picture

The original building as it looked in 1890 below.

Another bay was added on the left in 1925 as seen in the previous post.  

I collect, therefore I am.

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Chris Peska's picture

amazing detail, thanks pete

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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Glennwilson's picture

The addition is a work of art, workmanship back in the day was excellent. With the high cost of labour today, one wonders if buildings like this could ever be replicated within any type of budget?

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