Bar Rochford in the Melbourne Building. Photograph by Kara Rosenlund.
Melbourne Building

The Melbourne Building and its twin, the Sydney Building, epitomise old Canberra. Construction began in 1926, with a design nod to the construction principles of Sydney’s Paddington terrace houses and distinctive arched arcades. In the heart of the city, the buildings are juxtaposed with the end point of the city’s newest infrastructure project, light rail. Listed on the ACT Heritage Register, the Melbourne Building is now home to a smattering of bars, cafes, restaurants and businesses, which pay homage to its history. See this, and the national collection, in Canberra.

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