Aside from the first photo of a very nice building perhaps in Collins Street, the other shots were all taken in A'Beckett Street in the city. It was never a street of high style and so was pretty well left alone while many other city streets were 'modernised'. The photos kind of speak for themselves, nice human scale buildings without being too flash.
A small part of what is the Victorian Historical Society building, once the Australian Army Medical Corps Drill Hall.
This seems to be apartments now but began life as a box factory. It went on to become the Salvation Army Gill Memorial Home for Men, in other words charity accommodation for homeless men.
An unlikely looking building for childcare, but beside the building is a courtyard with the ubiquitous sails to protect the children from the sun while they play outdoors.
A quite sympathetic upper extension.
I believe the Spiritualists Union has sold this building. Developers are all over the street but an owner occupier has paid $3.24 million for the building. It seems, unusually for Melbourne, to be made of sandstone.
Once a printing works and previously owned by the Catholic Church and has now it seems been bought by a Singapore developer for????. Yep, a highrise tower. Just what Melbourne needs. I hope this building can stay, even if a tower is built behind it.