FEATURED in HDR Photography 16-01-2012
FEATURED in Heritage Listed and Other Trusts Sites World Wide 16-01-2012
FEATURED in Australian Capital Cities 05-02-2012
JOINT CHALLENGE WINNER in the A World of EOS – Domes Challenge 10-09-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/10

This Baroque Revival Dome can be found inside 333 Collins Street, Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The building is registered by the Heritage Council of Victoria. It was built between 1891 and 1893 to a design by architects Lloyd Tayler and Alfred Dunn. The crossed rib dome inspired by Italian Baroque and Moorish precedents, is considered one of the great Victorian era interiors of Melbourne, and was narrowly saved from demolition in the 1970s following public opposition led by the National Trust. It was originally built for the Commercial Bank of Australia, and was completed just as the 1880s financial boom collapsed – the bank had to close its ornate cast iron gates in April 1893 for a time to keep out desperate depositors at the height of the crisis. The original façade of the building was refaced in 1939, in turn replaced by the current podium level stone façade, the central section of which is a simplified version of the 1893 original.


333 collins street, melbourne, banking chamber, commerical bank of australia, architecture, heritage victoria

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

    ( To help us tidy up the group it would be appreciated if you could remove as many of your older works as possible – Thanks Audrey )
    If you have already done this THANK YOU

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture and processing Christine!!…what a gorgeous and interesting roof line!!…can’t imagine anyone wanting to demolish it as the history is still so young in Australia, you would think the govenrment would have wanted to preserve it..I’m glad the opposition won.

  • Thank you so much for both your comment and the fave Kate. I’m also glad that it was preserved. The 60s and 70s have a lot to answer for here in Victoria as we demolished some beautiful old verandahs and architecture, all in the name of modernizing our city centres.

    – Christine Smith

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much for both your comment and the fave Lorilee.

    – Christine Smith

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 2 years ago

    Ive always had this building on my list to visit

  • Thank you so much for featuring this image Philip. I really appreciate it. You really must visit this building when you can as it’s absolutely stunning, especially at Christmas as it has a huge tree right in the center under the dome.

    – Christine Smith

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanover 2 years ago

    Very nice work.

  • I really appreciate both your kind words and the fave Andrew.

    – Christine Smith

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 2 years ago

    i might get there in may PMA is in Melbourne this year

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 2 years ago


  • Thanks Yhun.

    – Christine Smith

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 2 years ago

    This photo is eligible to be entered into the $20 challenge for February 2012. Good luck!

  • You have just made my day Graham. Thank you so much for the feature, it’s much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 2 years ago

    Great shot Christine and the hdr really brings out the design.

  • Thank you very much for both your lovely comment and the fave Tony.

    – Christine Smith

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much for letting me know Andrew. I’m thrilled to have been a joint winner in this great challenge.

    – Christine Smith

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