Today the Nicholas Building is home to Melbourne's Art and Craft culture, dedicated to all the artists, designers, makers and business'.
The Nicholas Building was designed by Harry Norris for Alfred Nicholas (Aspro | Invented in Melbourne) influenced by the 'Chicago Style' of architecture.
Completed in 1926, it is the grandest 1920's palazzo in the city, including balconettes and a terracotta faience facade. and bulky base.
From the fabulous Valli Myers to one of Australia's most wanted fugitives, Gregory David Roberts (and everything in-between) , the Nicholas Building and its tenants, share an entangled and colourful history.
The building was originally home to businesses associated with the Flinders Lane garment trade, commercial artists, medical practitioners and architects. Today the Nicholas Building is still a bustling creative hub, home to an eclectic mix of small business and attractions including a number of galleries , unique boutiques and retail stores, artist and design studios, architects offices and small start ups.
The Nicholas Building Association has recently formed to preserve and nurture the wonderful culture that the building pertains. For all of it's rich history, the building's community and permanence remains in a state of ambiguity.
It's existence as a diverse group of creative sole traders and small businesses is precarious however, with the recent formation of the Nicholas Building Association, we hope to foster the community during a time in which it is facing some significant challenges. The Nicholas Building Association is a group of tenants who have come together to provide support and advocacy in negotiations and engagement with government, institutions, the building agent and other bodies that affect the activities, tenancies or livelihoods of its members.
Corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street (lift access via Cathedral Arcade)
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ 37 Swanston Street Melbourne | Map
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Nicholas Building
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Blindside Gallery
→ Chantilly Studio Inc.
→ Studio 15
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