Buildings & streets

The little blue building

The little blue building

December 4, 2015

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

There’s a little blue building outside Flinders Street Station. ‘When was it built?’, a curious library patron asked. The question led me to some interesting research involving milk cans, viaduct vaults and bananas.

Beautiful architectural drawings now online

Beautiful architectural drawings now online

October 13, 2015

Buildings & streets, News, Such was life:

The Melbourne University architecture includes stunning plans of Melbourne houses, which you can now view online.

The great flood of 1891

The great flood of 1891

July 20, 2015

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

In July 1891, non stop rain over a weekend saw the Yarra break its bank and flood surrounding suburbs- leaving thousands homeless.

Romeo Street and Juliet Terrace (what’s in a name?)

Romeo Street and Juliet Terrace (what’s in a name?)

October 6, 2014

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

In the 1870s Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace in central Melbourne were home to men and women of the night. Supposedly men would ply their trade in Romeo Lane and… Read More ›

Melbourne’s historic skyline

Melbourne’s historic skyline

August 19, 2014

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

Melbourne’s skyline developed rapidly once the first passenger lifts were installed. The L. Stevenson & Sons warehouse in Flinders Lane had two of the first hydraulic goods lifts installed in… Read More ›

Captain Cook’s cottage

Captain Cook’s cottage

January 15, 2014

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

Captain Cooks’ cottage, located in Fitzroy Gardens, was initially built by Captain Cook’s family in the town of Great Ayton in Yorkshire, England.

Continental Cafe, Greville St, Prahran

Continental Cafe, Greville St, Prahran

January 8, 2014

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

The area on the eastern side of Prahran Station has a long history as a performance venue. In 1920 the famous Leggett’s Ballroom was built and became a dancing institution for decades to come. On the same site, The Continental Cafe at 134 Greville Street became a lynch pin in the Melbourne live music scene from 1993-2001.

The streets of Melbourne – by numbers

The streets of Melbourne – by numbers

February 6, 2013

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

  In 1887, Melbourne City Council ordered the renumbering of properties across the city to make houses and businesses easier to find.

Fire claims Carngham Station again

Fire claims Carngham Station again

January 11, 2013

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

On Tuesday 8 January, the historic Carngham Station Homestead was destroyed by bushfire. Sadly, Carngham Station is no stranger to fire. The original homestead burnt down in 1918, the cause… Read More ›