Non-Victorian Melbourne

A non-Melburnian relative expressed surprise recently, hearing me talking about the beautiful Art Deco buildings we have in the CBD.

They said that they always think of Melbourne as a high Victorian sort of city. Well, here’s my attempt to put that rumour to rest:

And we don’t just have gorgeous Art Deco buildings. What about this modernist treasure:

That pattern on the side could be in a Shag painting. I’ve never known why it’s there — I’ve googled and even checked the Victorian heritage list, no joy. If anyone knows about the building, I’m all ears.

And let’s not forget the National Gallery. Mmm, brutal.

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