In the Block Arcade

Ian Ker

Mt Lawley, Australia

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In the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, is the Block Arcade – an apparently prosaic name for a magnificent Victorian (in both senses of the word – time and place) shopping arcade. In fact, the arcade takes its name from the late Victorian practice of ‘doing (or promenading) the block’ around Melbourne’s fashionable shopping streets.

The Block Arcade was built after a fire destroyed the previous building in 1889. It was modelled on the on the Galleria Vittorio, Milan, but on a smaller scale. One of the original (1892) businesses, the Hopetoun Tearooms, is still operating in the Arcade.

The Block Arcade is classified by the National Trust and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Canon Powershot SX100 IS with 10X zoom lens, 6.0-60.mm, 1:2.8-4.3.

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