Melbourne Mansions

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Melbourne Mansions
General information
Architectural style Art Nouveau
Location Melbourne, Australia
Address 95 (91-101) Collins Street
Town or city Melbourne
Country Australia
Coordinates 37°48′52.17″S 144°58′14.25″E / 37.8144917°S 144.9706250°E / -37.8144917; 144.9706250
Completed 1906
Demolished 1958
Client David Syme
Technical details
Floor count 5
Design and construction
Architect Walter Butler and George Inskip

Coordinates: 37°48′52.17″S 144°58′14.25″E / 37.8144917°S 144.9706250°E / -37.8144917; 144.9706250

Melbourne Mansions was a five-storey apartment building located in Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia. Constructed in 1906, it is thought to have been the first purpose-built residential apartment block in the city.[1] Designed in the Art Nouveau style by the architectural partnership of Walter Butler and George Inskip for newspaper proprietor David Syme, its facade featured oriel windows and arches.[2][3] The basement and ground levels had shops and medical rooms while the floors above housed thirty apartments. Meals were served to residents at a common dining room and serveries on each floor.[1]

The building was sold in 1949, and demolished in 1958 by Whelan the Wrecker, making way for the 26-storey CRA Building. This was described at the time by journalist Keith Dunstan as "breaking the rhythm" of the so-called "Paris end" of Collins Street.


  1. ^ a b Annear, Robyn. A city lost & found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne. p. 130. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Melbourne Mansions: 95 Collins Street, Melbourne". Walking Melboourne. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Edquist, Harriet (June 2003). "He who sleeps in Philae: Walter Butler’s tomb for David Syme at Kew". Fabrications 13 (1). Retrieved 14 February 2010. 

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