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Manchester Unity Building

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Text from Walking Melbourne

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

Manchester Unity Building

220-226 Collins Street (Cnr Swanston)


Melbourne’s best loved interwar office block features dramatic Gothic ribbing, which rises on the corner via flying buttresses to a tower soaring well over the 132 ft height limit (allowed because it was originally uninhabited, but now housing an apartment). Designed by Marcus Barlow, it was modeled on the 1927 Chicago Tribune tower, and built in record time during the great depression, opening in 1932. The arcade included Melbourne’s first escalator, and the ornate shopfronts, plasterwork and lifts are an early and impressive example of Jazz Moderne decoration.



Above and below, the Manchester Unity Building shortly after completion.



An aerial taken in the 1950s.


A postcard from the early 1970s.


Photographs I have taken of Manchester Unity over the last couple of years below.


The Manchester Unity Tower next to the Melbourne Town Hall Tower.


Next three down, The Manchester Arcade at ground level.

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.