At 247-249 Collin Street is Newspaper House. When you look up, you will see a beautiful glittering mosaic on the building's facade.
The Newspaper House mosaic was designed by Napier Waller in 1932. Waller was the leading neo-classical mural painter of the period. The mosaic was commissioned as part of a new facade for the original 1884 building. The new facade was designed by architects Stephenson & Meldrum for the Herald and Weekly Times Limited, who had recently acquired building. The theme of the mosaic was suggested by Mr. Theodore Fink, a director of the company, with the text, "Ill put a girdle round about the earth" comes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
It is located at first floor level and is affixed to slate panels fixed to the brickwork with copper dowels. It is in three sections divided by two windows. There are only two other mosaics by Napier Waller, who studied, lived and worked inMelbourne - one in Temple Court, Collins Street and the other at Monash House, William Street.