State Parliament of Victoria
110-160 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000.
- Construction started in 1856 and the building remains incomplete.
- Designed by Peter Kerr & J.C. Knight.
- Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (no 602008).
The Victorian State Parliament was erected in stages as follows;
- Two Houses, 1856-57
- Library, 1858-60
- Queens Hall and Vestibule, 1878-79
- West Front, 1885-90
- Refreshment Rooms, 1930
The National Trust provides a good description of the virtues of this important public building:
"Even in its incomplete state, this is Melbourne's grandest building. It evokes the splendour of Imperial Rome and embodies the highest ideals of nineteenth century civic architecture. The design and craftsmanship displayed throughout are of the highest standard found in Australia.
"The overpowering doric facade which culminates in a monumental colonnade is a most complex architectural composition and uses decorative features that are unique in this country. The principal monumental spaces comprise the finest interiors in Australia....of world significance".