Old Treasury
Spring Street, Melbourne 3000.
 
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Old Treasury
Summary:
  • Built in 1857-62.
  • Designed by J.J. Clark.
  • Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (no 600001).
Building Description:

The Treasury Building is often regarded as one of Melbourne's finest 19th century buildings. Most remarkably its architect, J.J. Clark of the Victorian Public Works Department, was only 19 years of age when he designed it.

The Treasury is constructed from Bacchus Marsh sandstone, and designed in the "renaissance revival" tradition. The recessed arcade is the principal feature of the building and the motifs used are derived from the Italian Renaissance and mannerist periods. The Treasury Building's barrel-vaulted basement was designed to store gold bullion, and the floor above it is a metre thick!

The Old Treasury is currently used for public exhibitions.
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