Many buildings built in the city of Melbourne after the first World War, display beautiful examples of
the art deco era. These buildings and structures have been carefully preserved to showcase this style.
Art Deco was a globally popular style influencing architecture,
interior design, industrial design, fashion, graphic arts and cinema after the first world war. The style is very different to that of the buildings built pre-war era, art nouveau. the style is more angular, sharp and definite, rather than curvaceous.
Wandering throughout the city, you will find arcades, laneways, theatres, banks, private buildings, public buildings and street architecture built in this fascinating art deco style.
Most of these building's have also retained their art deco interior design, in lighting and fixtures, wall trims, carpet, tiles, paintings and furniture.
One such building you don't want to miss out on visiting, is the Manchester Unity building on Swanston Street. Feast your eyes on the marble floors as you walk in and then let your eyes devour the decor. It is truly an art deco banquet!
Manchester Unity building Melbourne compliments of Stephen Bain [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
What Art Deco Buildings are there in the CBD?
Listed below are some of Melbourne's best known buildings and public places that you can visit within the actual streets of the city.
Also included are several 'mustn't miss' examples. These are a little out of the central business district, however they are easy to access using public transport or a few minutes driving time. They are some of Melbourne's best art deco buildings with excellent examples of art deco interior design, not to mention their exterior facade.
Art Deco within the City
Alkira House - 18 Queen Street, Melbourne
Australasian Catholic Assurance Building - 118-126 Queen Street, Melbourne
Australian Natives' Association Building - 28>32 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Buckley & Nunn - 310 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Carlow House - 289 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Century House - 133 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Coles Store No 12 - 299-307 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Commercial Union Chambers - 411 Collins Street, Melbourne
Commonwealth Bank - 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Forty Five Downstairs - 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Manchester Unity Building - 291 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Newspaper Houseb - 247 Collins Street, Melbourne
McPherson's Building - 546 Collins Street, Melbourne
Mitchell House - 352-362 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Myer Emporium - 314-336 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Trustees Executors & Agency Company Building - 401 Collins Street, Melbourne
Yule House - 309-311 Little Collins Street
Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne compliments of https://flic.kr/p/fhXJgH
Cinemas and Theatres
Capitol Theatre, incredible detail in the theatre's ceiling - Swanston Street, Melbourne
Her Majesty's Theatre, the interior of this old theatre is in the art deco style - 199>227 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Throughout the streets of Heidelberg, St Kilda, Port Melbourne and Elwood, you will find beautiful examples of art deco houses. Many of these still survive with their art deco interiors lovingly preserved.
A great way to investigate some of these homes is to watch the Real Estate Sales Section. When an art deco style of a home or business comes up for inspection, go along and check out the detail inside and out.
You usually are allowed to take photos as you wander through some of Melbourne's oldest examples of the Art Deco Era.
In St Kilda, a south eastern suburb of Melbourne, you will find the Palais and the Astor theatres, considered to be some of the finest surviving art deco buildings in Australia. The art deco interior design in both these theatres is incredibly exciting.
Palais Theatre in St Kilda compliments of https://flic.kr/p/9wat59. A must see example of art deco interior design
In the Style of Art Deco
Manchester Unity Building
Tour the Streets and Discover Melbourne's Passion for Art Deco
Highlights of the Tour
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Small group ensures personal service
Small-group tour'Informative, friendly and professional guide
Tour includes the Manchester Unity Building and the Majorca Building.
A Selection Of Exciting Art Deco Interior Designs Melbourne's Buildings - Interiors and Exteriors
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