General Post Office (GPO)
323-332 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000.
 
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General Post Office
General Post Office
Summary:
  • Built between 1859 and 1907.
  • Designed by Arthur E. Johnson.
  • No longer used by Australia Post.
Building Description:

The General Post Office was, until 2001, Melbourne's central Post Office and quite literally considered the centre of Melbourne. The GPO has played a major cultural role in Melbourne's development as well as being a major landmark.

The iconic feature of the GPO is the clock tower which wasn't built until 1885-90 along with the third storey. The extended GPO features Mansard roofs, providing a Second Empire element to the design. The unified system of the trabeated architectural orders of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns and pilasters on the fa├žade disguises the building's construction in several stages.

Sadly, the GPO was badly damaged when a fire ripped through the Central Hall in 2001. The Australian Postal Corporation decided to permanently vacate the building, establishing a smaller Post Office on the other side of Little Bourke Street, and sub-letting the GPO to a developer to convert to a shopping centre.
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