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The Block Arcade: The Hopetoun Tea Rooms

The Hopetoun Tea Rooms is one of the greatest treasures of the Block Arcade. The salon has been part of the Block's history from the very beginning as it opened its doors in 1892. Created by the Victorian Ladies' Work Association, it was named after the Association's founder (and wife of Victoria's first governor), Lady Hopetoun. Show More Summary

Melbourne Open House 2010

Do not forget that the fabulous Melbourne Open House (MOH) is on this weekend: 24-25 July. This is an exciting (and free!) event which opens up the buildings of Melbourne to the public. Currently in its third year, the event has grown...Show More Summary

Grossi Florentino: Interview with Guy Grossi

Grossi Florentino has always enchanted me: there is something quite magical about eating a delicious Italian meal in a room with such a resounding sense of history. It is simply impossible not to become caught up in its romantic, old-world charm. Show More Summary

Old Treasury Building

I have just received news that Melbourne Open House (MOH) attracted a record 65,000 visitors this year! Despite the long queues at some of the sites (and a leisurely lunch at Cumulus Inc..), we managed to visit a handful of buildings. Show More Summary

View from the Top: 101 Collins Street

As part of Melbourne Open House 2010, the boardroom on level 23 of the 101 Collins Street skyscraper was opened up to the public. Completed in 1990, the tower is often cited as the epitome of the 1980s extravagance that saw a handful of opulent, postmodern skyscrapers built in Melbourne. Show More Summary

CH2's Rooftop Garden: Success or Failure?

Standing at the corner of Little Collins and Swanston Street, Council House 2 (CH2) is one of the most inspiring, environmentally friendly buildings in Melbourne. It is described as the "Eco-Office Block of the Future" and has been awarded a 6 Green Star Rating (as discussed in a previous post. Show More Summary

Madame Brussels: Interview with the Fabulous Miss Pearls

At the top of Bourke Street, Madame Brussels is a delightful rooftop bar, named after one of the most salacious characters in Melbourne's history. In the 1880s and 1890s, Madame Brussels was an audacious and entrepreneurial woman who owned several infamous brothels in the city. Show More Summary

Video Footage of Melbourne in 1931

This incredible footage showcases Melbourne as it was back in 1931! This captivating video only runs for around 8 minutes, however if you are short on time, you can skip to the following times within the clip: Panoramic view over what...Show More Summary

In The Age Today..

DEMOLITION JOB ON CITY HERITAGE By Rupert Mann (President of Melbourne Heritage Action) The Age - Opinion Section September 13, 2010 A dozen historic CBD buildings are in immediate danger of disappearing while the City of Melbourne sits on its hands. Show More Summary

Flinders Street Station

Since beginning Melbourne Curious, I have received an overwhelming number of requests to feature Flinders Street Station. As Melbourne's most iconic landmark, this probably should not have come as a surprise. I must confess, however, that Flinders Street Station has never appealed to me like other Melbourne buildings. Show More Summary

National Architecture Week 2010 - Melbourne

Don't forget that this week is National Architecture Week in Melbourne (24th - 30th October)! The theme for 2010 is the 'home', a simple but changing idea in a modern Australian city. Information about the events, films, forums and walking tours comprising the event can be found on the official website:

Could this man be the saviour of Melbourne's heritage?

Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu hasvowed to protect Melbourne’s heritage from Labor’s “wrecking ball approach toplanning,” if the Coalition wins next month’s state election. “The Coalition’splans for heritage and open space...Show More Summary

Commemorative Medallion: Flinders Street Station

In response to my special on Flinders Street Station, Roger from Downies Australian Coin Auctions took the opportunity to show me a medallion from his own collection. Struck in bronze and 51mm in diameter, this impressive medallion is one of only fifty made by Stokes & Sons in 1914. Show More Summary

Little Lon: Melbourne's Vanished Community and Laneways

Lonsdale Street, 2010 (my own photo) Walking past these days, you would be forgiven for thinking that the city block bordered by Lonsdale, Little Lonsdale, Exhibition and Spring Streets is just like any other. Glass skyscrapers and concrete office blocks overlook a handful of nondescript shops and cafes catering to city workers. Show More Summary

Melbourne Heritage in the News

Heritage Lost in a Forest of Towers Rohan Storey (National Trust) The Age - Opinion - 19 November 2010 (Pictures and captions added by me) Plans for the Celtic Club (1890) to be mostly demolished and a 40-storey tower added Watered-downcontrols mean the city's past is overshadowed or gone. Show More Summary

Melbourne 'Then and Now' Video

Excellent video clip that morphs images of Melbourne's past with its present. I particularly love the shots of Elizabeth Street (1:13), Southern Cross Station (1:40) and the dramatic Back to the Future soundtrack! Thanks to Mary for sending me the link.

Rediscovering Little Lon

Previously, Iintroduced Little Lon, a notorious slum and red-light district,which existed in Melbourne from around 1840 to 1948. Despite its reputation as a “den of iniquity,” the area wasalso home to a vibrant community and network of buzzing laneways. Show More Summary

Melbourne Curious article published in the ACCI magazine 2010

I was recently asked to write an article by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) for the Spring 2010 edition of their magazine. In the article, I argue for a prime ministerial residence in Melbourne, like that of Kirribilli House in Sydney and the Lodge in Canberra. Show More Summary

100 Years Ago... Melbourne Footage from 1910

Have you ever wondered what Melbourne looked like 100 years ago? The following clip comes from a silent documentary first screened on November 22, 1910. Quaintly titled Marvellous Melbourne: Queen City of the South, the film is the oldest...Show More Summary

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