Melbourne Mansions

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Melbourne Mansions
General information
Architectural styleFederation architecture
LocationMelbourne, Australia
Address95 (91-101) Collins Street
Town or cityMelbourne
Coordinates37°48′52.17″S 144°58′14.25″E / 37.8144917°S 144.9706250°E / -37.8144917; 144.9706250
ClientDavid Syme
Technical details
Floor count5
Design and construction
ArchitectWalter Butler and George Inskip

Coordinates: 37°48′52.17″S 144°58′14.25″E / 37.8144917°S 144.9706250°E / -37.8144917; 144.9706250

Melbourne Mansions was a five-storey plus semi-basement apartment building located in Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia. Constructed in 1906, it was the first purpose-built residential apartment block in the city.[1] Designed in the Federation Free Style by the architectural partnership of Walter Butler and George Inskip for newspaper proprietor David Syme, its facade featured prominent arched bays with inset raised first floor and balconies behind, with contrasting central and side bays of oriel windows, a top level of bow window and balconies, and a tall parapet.[2][3] The basement and ground levels had medical rooms, while the floors above housed 25 apartments. Three types of apartments were originally available, including large suites with a kitchen and servants rooms, large and smaller ones with meals centrally supplied by service elevators, and others who relied on the ground level dining room.[4]

The building was sold in 1949,[5] and demolished in 1958 by Whelan the Wrecker, making way for the 26-storey CRA Building.


  1. ^ "Flats". Encyclopaedia of Melbourne. School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ 1950s photograph held by the State Library of Victoria Melbourne Mansions
  3. ^ Edquist, Harriet (June 2003). "He who sleeps in Philae: Walter Butler's tomb for David Syme at Kew" (PDF). Fabrications. 13 (1). Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Melbourne Mansions". Trove. The Leader Christmas Supplement 1906. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Melbourne Mansions Sold". The Age. 14 April 1949. Retrieved 16 May 2017.