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Old October 6th, 2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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Spring Street, Marvellous Melbourne

Spring Street, Marvellous Melbourne

From south-end to north-end
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To my mind, Melbourne is the queen city of the south; Africa, South America and Oceania cannot boast a city as beautiful as this.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #2
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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:12 PM   #3
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the crappy extension to the Bourke & Spring intersection just isn't so 'grand' though collector!



regardless, great thread!
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Old October 7th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #4
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More great photos, Collector! Well done as usual.

Looks like we wandered the same path recently....here's the pic I took of the Princess Theatre last week! I was lucky to have the historic electric sign lit when I went past...


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Old October 7th, 2005, 04:20 AM   #5
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Spring street is such a great place to go snapping. Very eclectic architecture with lots of good vantage points.

Top stuff Collector.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 04:31 AM   #6
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awomse shots, melb looks like a tolly hot city imo
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Old October 8th, 2005, 04:28 PM   #7
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Great pics man. I never knew that Melbourne had all these great buildings and walk ways and such. From this Chicago native I really hope to get there one day. Why does it have to be so far!!!!!!
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Old October 9th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #8
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Thank god this thing didn't get built there.


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Old October 9th, 2005, 02:54 AM   #9
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Yikes.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 06:02 AM   #10
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hahaha that thing is awesome! Looks like a transformer or something
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Old October 9th, 2005, 06:16 AM   #11
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Transformer. Great one Dan...now there's an idea. Hmm. Great work once again Collector. What will you do next?
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Old October 9th, 2005, 02:26 PM   #12
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Great pix! Melbourne shore has some nice older architecture.
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Old April 30th, 2006, 08:25 AM   #13
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Some great old postcards of Spring Street, enjoy!











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Old May 11th, 2006, 09:42 AM   #14
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Text from Walking Melbourne
The National Trust guide to the historic and architectural landmarks of central Melbourne

Parliament House
Spring Street

Melbourne’s grandest public building is located in a position terminating the long vista up Bourke Street; the early date and monumental scale of the design indicates the huge aspirations of the young colony. Following furore about blocking views of St. Patrick’s, and a competition that failed to generate a winner, the initial design was developed in 1855 by Peter Kerr and J G Knight. Construction in stages was immediately started, with the two parliamentary chambers opening in 1856, followed by the rear library and then Queen’s Hall, but their rough bluestone exterior walls remained visible for many years because the grand street façade was not completed until 1892, following a search for a suitable Victorian stone. This imposing classical colonnade atop massive stairs, designed by Peter Kerr alone in 1877, is more grandiose than the original design (and is strikingly similar to the smaller Leeds Town Hall in the UK, completed in 1858). The delightful gardens and the ornate cast iron fence and lamps were added by 1892, but the north and south wings have never been completed, nor has the tall dome, the most well-known architectural statement in Melbourne never to have materialized. The craftsmanship and detailing throughout the building is of extraordinarily high quality, and the interiors are spectacular, particularly the plush Upper House, one of the finest spaces built in 19th century Australia, Queens Hall and the vestibule. Commonwealth Parliament sat here from Federation in 1901 until its move to Canberra in 1927.


What Parliament house would look like if it is ever completed.


Parliament House in the 1960s.


The Vestibule.


Queen's Hall.


Queen's Hall ceiling.


Legislative Assembly.


Legislative Council showing ceiling.


Legislative Council.


From the balcony, Legislative Council.


Parliament Library.


Recent postcard of Parliament House.


A recent shot of mine.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 08:53 AM   #15
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Parliament House, a good spot to photograph trams





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Old April 5th, 2007, 02:41 AM   #16
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Text from Walking Melbourne
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Princess Theatre

163-181 Spring Street

The first theatre on this site opened in 1854, and the present theatre was designed by William Pitt for the theatrical entrepreneurs Williamson Garner & Musgrove, and opened in 1886 with the Australian premier of The Mikado. It is considered an exemplar of the French Second Empire style, complete with multiple mansard domed roofs topped by cast iron crowns; the delightful leadlight windowed ‘winter garden’ foyer at the first floor was added in c1901 and the auditorium was rebuilt in 1922 in the ‘Adam’ style by theatre specialist Henry White. Facing an uncertain future in the 1980s, it was extensively restored in 1989 by Allom Lovell & Associates, and is now the Flagship of Melbourne’s ‘theatreland’. The Princess backs onto the rear of the former Palace Theatre, giving rise to the urban rumour that chorus girls would appear in one show, then run across the back lane to appear in another!



Princess Theatre, above and below, before balconies were filled in to create the ‘winter garden’ foyer in 1901.



An old aerial.



One of my own.



Princes Theatre at night.

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Old April 5th, 2007, 05:38 AM   #17
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nice. you should see perth's spring street atm its so laughable that it makes me cry
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Old October 26th, 2007, 11:44 PM   #19
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Any visitor to Melbourne should always take in Spring Street and the inside of Parliament House which is just stunning.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 06:14 AM   #20
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I don't know if the edit of my photo is any good, but might as well post it anyway while I look for the original photo.

EDIT: I posted this picture because it had the Parliament house at the end of Bourke Street. I hope that is fine, if it is not, I would happily remove it.

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