Melbourne Art Deco Interior Design

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From around 1918 up until WWII, many buildings built in the city of Melbourne, 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
  • 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.

Ceiling moulds and cornices, inside these buildings, feature Art Deco motifs. Stained glass also features the same motifs.

You will also notice that wood panelling and the use of glass brick walls are used as extensively. Popular choices for this era.

Art deco interior design in Melbourne




Manchester Unity building Melbourne compliments of Stephen Bain [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsManchester Unity building Melbourne by Stephen Bain [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

A Selection Of Exciting Art Deco Interior Designs
Melbourne's Buildings
Interiors and Exteriors

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Art Deco Buildings In Melbopurne's Central Business District

You will find in the list below, some of Melbourne's best known buildings and public places. Places that you can visit within the streets of the city.

You will also find 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 and  exterior facades.

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

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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
  • Rivoli Cinemas - 200 Camberwell Road, Melbourne (Rivoli Theatre)
  • Sun Theatre - Yarraville
  • The Astor Theatre - St Kilda
  • Palais Theatre - St Kilda

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Easy to access Public Buildings and Public Areas

  • Campbell Arcade - Flinders Street Melbourne
  • Conservatory - Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
  • Degraves Espresso - 23>25 Degraves Street, Melbourne
  • Freemasons' Hospital - 166 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
  • Mac.Robertson Girls' High School - 350 Kings Way, Albert Park
  • Mercy Hospital - 159 Grey Street, East Melbourne
  • Newman College - University of Melbourne, Parkville
  • Russell Street Police Headquarters
  • Shrine of Remembrance - St Kilda Road, Melbourne, the building has some distinctive Art Deco features.

Campbell Arcade in Melbourne compliments of By Ruperthetherton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsCampbell Arcade in Melbourne compliments of By Ruperthetherton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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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/9wat59Palais 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

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