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Herald Building

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From Walking Melbourne

The National Trust Guide to The Historic and Architectural Landmarks of Central Melbourne.

Herald Building

44-74 Flinders Street, corner Exhibition Street

 

This impressive building was designed by the prolific H M & F W Tompkins, and built in stages between 1921-28, expanding along with the Herald newspaper empire, controlled by Keith Murdoch (later Sir, and Rupert’s father). The daily afternoon tabloid The Herald and many other publications were printed here until 1996. The solid composition, featuring giant abstracted classical columns, topped by a rooftop neon sign and twin radio towers, dominates the corner and conveys an image of the power of the print media in the pre-TV era.

Following protracted controversy, all except about 20m depth of the building on both streets was demolished in 2004, to allow a large office tower designed by Denton Corker Marshall to rise behind.

 

Two of my own photos below.

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