Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Old Former Prahran Arcade


The old Former Prahran Arcade is on Chapel street. Built in 1889 is a richly detailed building both externally and internally in beautiful Victorian Baroque style. Retains the original arcade, but decorative roof was removed in the 1950s. Also known locally as "Birdland" due to pigeons which once bred in the recessed balconies of the building and the large eagles which adorn the facade. Was a Dan Murphy's cellar for many years, but currently a JB Hifi store and the clothing store.

I think most of the people when they look up and see this, They will wish the same as me that someone would restore it but there hasn't been any thread for long time until now. That is a sad thing for me.

8 comments:

LadyFi said...

What an impressive building!

Luis Gomez said...

Great building. Wonderful photograph!

J Bar said...

It's terrific. I do remember it from my visits. Thanks for showing it.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Hilda said...

It's a magnificent building!
You said there are tenants — don't they maintain it?

Peter said...

well taken - love the detail on buildings like this.

Rob said...

Love the architecture!

32˙North said...

Really a fabulous building - glad to see it still standing and put to good use!

Amanda

Cabin and Cottage said...

Very Grand! It's like nothing in MY neighborhood! Jacqueline

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