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Former Lonsdale House: 470-502 Lonsdale Street. Melbourne, Victoria

This rare pair of three storey terraces is one of a handful of original terraces remaining in the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) and has had an interesting life.  It was originally designed by prominent architect Lloyd Tayler.  Shortly after its constuction in 1886 the terraces were converted into a private hospital known as Lonsdale House.  It was used for a brief time by the navy during World War I, served as a music academy, nurses hostel and again a hospital during World War II.   After the war it became the offices of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) before being absorbed into the construction of the County Court complex in the 1990s.

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120-122 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Victoria

The timing of this photo, taken on a bleak and gloomy Melbourne evening, is perhaps apt as the outlook for these rare and historic terraces is equally so. To get an understanding of the significance of and the situation faced by this short row of two double storey terrace houses, I’ll paint a brief picture. Take yourself back 155 years to colonial Melbourne.

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Recent Discussion
  • Lesley Poker: Built in 1874. Originally built by a John Watson ( very wealthy) who built the one next door for his...
  • Anne: Thanks for your comment. We own one of these terraces and would be interested in any info you have.
  • Kate Van Dyck: Love this photo. One off my GG Grandfather’s lived in No 21 and died at that address. So...
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