Collins Street

Published on March 21, 2019

Collins Street is the city in microcosm

No thoroughfare embodies Melbourne vanity like Collins Street, and no trip to this town is complete without a saunter down it. Start at the corner of Spring Street, where the neo-Renaissance Old Treasury Building provides an imposing eastern bookend.

Designed by 19-year-old government draftsman, JJ Clark, and constructed in 1862, its basement vaults were used to store much of the $200 million worth of gold carted in from the Victorian goldfields. Head west, admiring the rococo-revival foyer of the Regent Theatre at no. 191, the mosaic floor of the Block Arcade at no. 282, and the ingenious preservation inside no. 333.

The neo-Gothic ceiling of the ANZ Bank at no. 380 is also worth a peek, while further west at nos. 471 to 477 stands the equally flamboyant Olderfleet Building. Schedule your walk in time for sundowners at sky-high Lui Bar in the Rialto Towers.

Architecture on Collins Street

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