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Former Victorian Railways Administration Building

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Text from Walking Melbourne

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

Former Victorian Railways Administration Building

67 Spencer Street

 

This gigantic structure was the largest office building to be built in Melbourne in the 19th century, and is a testament to the importance, and size, of the Railways Department at the end of that century. Designed by the Victorian Railways Engineering Office and completed in 1893, it is impressive rather than finely detailed, and the two top floors added in 1912 create an attractive skyline (complete with cupolas) that is more traditional than the original huge pediments and statuary. The very grand central stairhall, tall corridors and large timber doorcases are now enjoyed by apartment dwellers, while the added top floors comprise the appropriately named Grand Hotel.

 

 

In the above postcards we see the original three storey structure and below, two of my own shots.

 

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She's a big beautiful beast of a thing.

IIRC - and the gunzels will correct me if I'm wrong - all rail distances in Victoria are measured from a datum point next to the track just behind.

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Southern side, looking north as the Grand Hotel.

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Photograph of the building in 1926, fourteen years after the upper two floors were added and showing that the statuary was still in place.

I had always thought that the statuary was removed with the additions, but this photo shows that it was obviously not the case.

I wonder when the statuary was removed, why, and where they are now if they remain intact?

http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/771895/negative-melbourne...

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Photo by Weston Langford taken on August 14, 1977.

http://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/113843/

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