Paton Building, Melbourne by Elana Bailey

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These shapes and windows were found on the Paton Building in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Paton Building, 115-117 Elizabeth Street
Built: 1905
Original use: Office
Current use: Office
Architect: Nahum Barnet

Built in the Edwardian period in the Art Noveau style.

The Paton Building was one of the earliest, and remains one of the most intact, examples of the use of the Romanesque style combined with the light framed oriel window in Melbourne. Although short-lived, this style was an important departure from Melbournes late Victorian architecture. The capital mouldings, decoration and name plate represent one of the most fluent applications of Art Nouveau styling in Melbourne. The use of a variety of materials for the facade combine into one of the most sophisticated and intact applications of such a range of materials in the city for the period. The Paton Building is significant as one of the few surviving works from Nahum Barnet’s early period, and is one of the few substantially intact examples of his multistoreyed office designs. The Building is of further interest for its association with Barnet whose offices were on the top floor from 1905-24.

I used a Canon DSLR EOS 350D camera and 18-55mm lens. This shot was featured in the ‘Safe Haven’ Group.

Elana Bailey is a multi award winning South Australian Photographer. She has a Diploma in Commercial Photography and her passion is for travel, street, architectural, real estate, landscape, portrait and wedding photography.

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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photography Elana!! And what a fabulous building!! I was in Melbourne last month but didn’t see this building – could have spent a week there, with all of those beautiful places!!

  • Vicki, it is funny what each of does and doesn’t see. The architecture in Melbourne is one to behold. Many thanks so very much indeed. Cheers.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Great shot. I do not remember ever having seen it in over 60 years. Maybe I should have opened my eyes.

  • Fred, you know it is funny what each of us see and don’t see. I recognise this building every time I go to Melbourne. I lived in Melbourne as a teenager and used to catch my tram from Elizabeth Street, home. It is a gorgeous facade and I’m so glad that I ‘opened your eyes’ to it. Cheers.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks, Audrey.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 4 years ago

    Wow .. this is awesome…

  • Maria, many thanks so very much indeed.

    – Elana Bailey

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Elana :)

  • Julie, many thanks so very much indeed, matey. Cheers.

    – Elana Bailey

  • David Murphy
    David Murphyover 4 years ago

    love this Elana…….what a clever eye you have!!~

  • David, I have only one clever eye….lol….my left one…(that’s the one that looks through to compose the shots)…many thanks so very much indeed. P.S I am right handed but use my left eye for photography (hence I am right brained when it comes to photography). Hope that makes sense and I haven’t lost you…lol.. what are you?

    – Elana Bailey

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Elana …

  • Tom, cheers so very much indeed.

    – Elana Bailey

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 4 years ago

    Great capture Elana !

  • Helmut, cheers so very much indeed.

    – Elana Bailey

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Lorilee, many thanks so very much indeed and also for adding this one to your faves. Cheers.

    – Elana Bailey

  • David Murphy
    David Murphyover 4 years ago

    I’m right in all cases……tried kicking a footy with my left foot one day…..ball went straight up and over my head… coordination !!

  • hee hee hee

    – Elana Bailey

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