Jokingly we used to call Chapel Street, or Chaple Street as electronic road sign programmers know it, Chapelli Street, because of the large number of Greek and Italian immigrants who settled there when property prices were much cheaper. There are still a number of them; remaining residents of where they know and have become old, while their now grown up children have moved on to balustraded boxes in Bulleen.
Chapelli Street had shops that were cheap to rent, and it was a service street, with outside visitors perhaps only coming to visit Maples large store, the large Coles Variety Store and Moore's Corner Store. Now it is very popular with the young and the trendy and prices reflect this. Even the Windsor end of Chapel Street has become popular with the young and the young at heart. Still, it is our local street, with our local shops. We visit our comfortable old shoe often, but not for clothes shopping.
It has some fine buildings and a fairly intact streetscape, with only a few horrors barely punctuating the sky. You won't see much at ground level, but if you look up, it can be quite glorious.
I know nothing about this building, but in its current state or when it is eventually repainted, it pleases my eyes.
This one at 282 Chapel Street I do know a little about. It is well worth clicking the photo just to see the eagles.
Its principal tenant is now JB Hi Fi, but I remember it better as Dan Murphy's liquor store. It had a wide central arcade leading to the rear of the shop with galleries either side. It has been known as Prahran Arcade and The Centreway. As you can see below, the roof has been significantly altered but otherwise it is quite intact.
Up until recently at least, some of the upper floor rooms were artists' studios and there was often an amusing display constructed on the first floor balcony. I can remember some large stuffed and fibreglass animals and at another time a display using mannequins. I have a feeling that these artists' studios were occupied for a very long time but I can't remember the detail now. An artist well known by me, the brilliant but late Howard Arkley was one such artist who had a studio there.
A permit was for installation of bars and restaurants on the first floor was granted in 2009 but it has lapsed. For what it is worth, it is National Trust listed and on the Victorian Heritage Register.
So go and take a look at it from the opposite side of Chapel Street and inside, gaze up in wonder at its history.