GPO Rebuilt, Post Haste

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This image, shot without a tripod, shows the floodlit corridor of the Melbourne GPO, now a major retail centre after being re-built when fire ravaged the historic building. 299 views on 4 July 2011.

One of the many landmarks in graceful Melbourne, the GPO is a neo-Renaissance building that is Heritage-listed. On 10 September, 2001, a day before the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, a fire ripped through this historic structure.

Although the blaze caused several million dollars’ worth of damage, postal operations resumed the next day in an adjacent building.

But the edifice itself survived, despite the rubble and desolation between its walls. Less than three years later, it reopened in August 2004 – as a highly rated precinct devoted to fashion, shopping and cuisine.

I do not crop or post-edit my work. Shot in December 2008, using a Pentax K100D.

Featured by my co-host in PASSIONATE ABOUT VINTAGE, October 2009.

Featured in MONOCHROME, October 2009.

Featured in HERITAGE IN STONE, November 2009.

Featured in EXTRA-ORDINARY PHOTOGRAPHY, March 2011.

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