There is a tangible energy in Melbourne’s central business district, where historic pubs and modern skyscrapers coexist and a steady stream of trams transport people down the main thoroughfares. We learned early on to explore beyond the major streets in order to get a good look at the culture that lies in the laneways in Melbourne. The alleys, arcades and street art we found were fascinating.

Laneways in Melbourne: alleys, arcades and street art

Collins Street in glorious black & white, from east end to west end. The early years.

The former Victoria Coffee Palace features prominently in the photo below of Collins Street ~

Very typical of strip shopping in Melbourne when I was a kid

Cathedral Arcade.  Melbourne, Victoria Australia. City

Marvellous Melbourne’s lanes and arcades : Melbourne Photos - Melbourne, Victorian & Australian Architecture Topics

Cathedral Arcade.  Melbourne, Victoria Australia. City

Marvellous Melbourne’s lanes and arcades : Melbourne Photos - Melbourne, Victorian & Australian Architecture Topics

Paris end of Collins Street Melbourne Victoria Australia 1958 - Mark Strizic

Paris end of Collins Street Melbourne Victoria Australia 1958 - Mark Strizic I worked opposite the town hall.

Cathedral Arcade  City of Melbourne CBD (Victoria Australia)

Cathedral Arcade City of Melbourne CBD (Victoria Australia). The Nicholas Building, Cnr Swanston St & Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

The City of Melbourne building has been an Elizabeth Street landmark since it's completion in 1888. The building has an eclectic design with beautiful Queen Anne style gables, pitched slate roof and detailed cast iron finials. Unfortunately the building has been neglected for many years and is in desperate need of a clean and restoration but it's grit and detail are a fine contrast to the towering shiny new steel and glass skyscrapers Melbourne is famous

The City of Melbourne building has been an Elizabeth Street landmark since it's completion in The building has an eclectic design with beautiful Queen Anne style gables, pitched slate roof and detailed cast iron finials. Unfortunately the building h

Werribee Mansion, 1889. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/

Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee Mansion was built by pastoralists Thomas and Andrew Chirnside between 1874 and 1877 in the Italianate style. Its residential and working buildings supported a large farm workforce.

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