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William Street, Marvellous Melbourne

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The Law Courts, William Street (Lonsdale Street to Little Bourke Street), were designed for the Public Works Office by architects Smith and Johnson.
Foundations were built during 1874-5, and the buildings during 1877-84.









From Walking Melbourne, The National Trust Guide to The Historic and Architectural Landmarks of Central Melbourne.

Former Royal Mint
280 – 318 William Street

Constructed in 1872, and designed by JJ Clark, this is considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance Revival in Australia. Freestanding on its site, the building is finely detailed, and the elegantly proportioned first floor, with its paired ionic columns, is reputedly inspired by Bramante’s Palazzo Caprini (c1505). The complex, with corner guardhouses and perimeter wall, once included a Coining Hall, Melting and Assay Departments to the rear, unfortunately demolished in 1968. It was originally a branch of the Royal Mint, London, and minted only gold sovereigns until 1916, and then all Australian coins from 1927 to 1967. Long the home of the marriage Registry and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, it has been leased to the private sector since 2001.
 

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Yes, William St is often overlooked. It has some of Melbourne's most amazing buildings including the Former Royal Mint and the Supreme Court Complex, let alone the many other buildings, both 19th and 20th century as show above. It also has some great potential for new developments.
 

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Some oldies but some goodies!

William Street, Melbourne


Old Selborne Chambers in William Street




Old Shell Building, corner of Bourke and William Street


Law Courts


The Presbyterian Church, c/r Lonsdale St and William Street


Menzies Hotel, William Street




Melbourne. James Patrick Building, cnr. William St. and Flinders Lane


Royal Mint







John Sanderson & Co. woolbroking premises, St. James Building, 111 William Street


James Service & Co., N.W. corner of Collins and William Street


Heape Bros. William Street


The Great Exhibition Hall, Melbourne


Holmes White & Co. William Street


Goldsbrough's wool store, William Street, corner of Bourke Street



Flower McDonald & Co. William Street


Caughey & Co. William Street


Chamber of Commerce, 35 William Street, cnr. of Flinders Lane


Bluestone bond store, possibly on corner of Little Bourke and William Street


Australian Club, 110 William Street, Melbourne


Queensland Building, office of Burns Philp & Co. Ltd., 84-88 William Street
 

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Interesting thread. The street also hosts three new court complexes (Magistrates, County and Commonwealth) which are worth a look.
 
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