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.