483-485 Collins Street

A photograph of 483-485 Collins Street.
Name
New Zealand Chambers Building
Address
483-485 Collins Street
Type
Commercial
Status
Extant
Floors (above-ground)
4
Height
Unknown
Architect / architectural firm
Oakden, Addison & Kemp
Construction firm
C. Butler
Construction start date
Unknown
Construction end date
1888
Architectural style
Victorian Free Gothic Revivalism
Current Tenant(s):
Past Tenant(s):
  • New Zealand Insurance Company. (Insurance firm).
Profile

The New Zealand Chambers Building was designed by Oakden, Addison & Kemp and built by C. Butler in 1888 for the New Zealand Insurance Company. The building was constructed during the building boom of the 1880s, which transformed this part of the city from one of small warehouses in close proximity to the wharves, to one of commercial and mercantile activity. The building was threatened with demolition in the late 1960s, but as a consequence of heritage legislation, the façade of the building was retained in the 1984 redevelopment.

The New Zealand Chambers comprises four storeys plus an attic and basement. The façade is designed in the Gothic Revival style, a style that was introduced in Melbourne the 1870s. The façade draws on colour as well as form for its effect. The extensive use of red terra cotta tiles gives contrast to buff coloured terra cotta mouldings and ceramic tiles decorated with fleur de lys. The ground floor is composed of three large arches formed from polished Scottish granite, with grouped columns standing on Malmsbury bluestone plinths. The upper floors, all with polished granite columns, form a picturesque composition, the top floor being an arcade of twelve pointed arches beneath a cornice. Three dormer windows puncture the attic storey, and the peak of each gable is decorated with chequer board tiles.

Building manager / body corporate / owner's corporation
Unknown
Postcode
3000