This building is known as Pran Central. Prahran, the suburb name, is of Aboriginal origin, originally spelt by white settlers as Pur-ra-ran, meaning surrounded by water. Many would remember it as Moore's Corner Store. In the eighties it underwent a massive renovation and in the nineties apartments were added within the building. Inside on the ground floor are a few shops and many eating places of the type you would find in any outer suburban shopping centre. Above the ground floor is a Medicare office, a women's only gym and a few other small businesses.
My great grandmother used to harness her horses to her sulky and visit Chapel St, and more specifically Moore's, from their market garden where Monash University is now located in Clayton. Chapel Street was a premium shopping centre then with many department stores. It became quite run down in nineteen seventies and eighties but by the nineties it had once again become the place to be seen, especially the area where I seldom go, north of Commercial Road, or the Wankers Mile as I call it.
In the second picture down, it has another name and I had never heard of this, but it would seem it was called Read's Stores. Anyone know anything about that? In the third picture down there seems to be the letters C, R and M. Perhaps Moore's CoRner. In the fourth picture down there is some beautiful ironwork at the bottom of the picture. In the fifth picture, we can see the domes on top from our apartment. The tall buildings are the South Yarra public housing high rise towers.