The Olderfleet
471-477 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000.
 
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The Olderfleet
The Olderfleet
Summary:
  • Constructed in 1888-9.
  • Designed by William Pitt.
  • Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (no. 603678).
Building Description:

The Olderfleet building is one of the most beautiful buildings in Melbourne and features significant detail within its Venetian Gothic façade. The pointed-arch windows are a particular feature as well as the columns and tiled inserts.

The original complex included the extant façade plus a large warehouse section that stretched back to Flinders Lane. It also incorporated a pitched laneway, similar to that surviving at the nearby Rialto building. The whole of the rear area of the building was demolished in 1984 with the original interiors preserved to a depth of approximately 12 metres.

The Olderfleet is similar in design to its neighbours The Rialto, the South Australian Insurance Building and the nearby Melbourne Safe Deposit. The Olderfleet is built in the free Gothic style and features a clock on its roof. Original tenants included the Melbourne Woolbrokers' Association and other wool merchandising organisations.
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