Nicholas Building
21-47 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000.
 
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Nicholas Building
Nicholas Building
Summary:
  • Constructed in 1925-26.
  • Designed by Harry Norris.
  • Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (no. H2119).
Building Description:

The Nicholas Building is an example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture in Melbourne and is a Swanston Street landmark (although it is subtle in a street filled with significant and grand buildings).

The Nicholas Building is important as it has the only remaining vaulted leadlight arcade (called Cathedral Arcade) in Melbourne, which is surprisingly intact. Most of the ground floor shops retain their original fronts with the exception of a bookshop. The retail shops on the first floor are also extremely well preserved and according to the National Trust are an important example of 1920's office design.

The building was originally only 8 storeys tall, but was extended in 1939.
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