The Nicholas Building is a bustling creative hub. Home to an eclectic mix of small business and attractions including galleries, unique boutiques & stores, artist & design studios, architects offices small start ups & innovators.

About

From the fabulous Valli Myers to one of Australia’s most wanted fugitives, Gregory David Roberts (and everything in-between) , the Nicholas Building and its tenants, share an entangled and colourful history. The building was originally home to businesses associated with the Flinders Lane garment trade, commercial artists, medical practitioners and architects. Today the Nicholas Building is still a bustling creative hub, home to an eclectic mix of small business and attractions including a number of galleries , unique boutiques and retail stores, artist and design studios, architects offices and small start ups.
Designed by architect Harry Norris and built in 1926, the Nicholas Building is a historic landmark and Melbourne’s grandest example of ‘Chicago Style’ architecture. The exterior has a variety of Classical Revival features, such as giant order ionic pilasters to divide the upper façade into bays and Doric columns defining the lower section. The Nicholas Building incorporated the latest technology of its time, and a few surviving features can still be seen today, including a mail chute that carried letters down from upper floors. The Nicholas Building is currently listed by the National Trust and Heritage Victoria.
The Nicholas Building Association has recently formed to preserve and nurture the wonderful culture that the building pertains. For all of it’s rich history, the building’s community and permanence remains in a state of ambiguity. It’s existence as a diverse group of creative sole traders and small businesses is precarious however, with the recent formation of the Nicholas Building Association, we hope to foster the community during a time in which it is facing some significant challenges. The Nicholas Building Association is a group of tenants who have come together to provide support and advocacy in negotiations and engagement with government, institutions, the building agent and other bodies that affect the activities, tenancies or livelihoods of its members.


Nicholas Building: Directory

Studio/Artist Profession / Service Suite Website
Agency AgencyPerformance/Installation artistRoom 904
Aurelia YeomansArtist/JewellerRoom 712 aureliayeomans.com
BibliopathBook SculptorRoom 614
BLINDSIDEArtist Run Initiative / Art GalleryRoom 714 www.blindside.org.au
Bob Brown FoundationEnvironmental advocacyRoom 807
Cage me a PeacockGallery/Art studioRoom 707 www.cagemeapeacock.com
Calder SartoriaMen’s tailoring and accessoriesRoom 318
Cat RabbitTextilesRoom 822 www.catrabbit.com.au
CAVES IncGalleryRoom 620 www.cavesgallery.com
Cella 620Jewellery StudioRoom 620
Daniel Cordner DesignGraphic DesignerRoom 903 DanielCordnerDesign.com
Danny NeumannCounselling / PsychotherapyRoom 406 https://melbournetherapyassociates.com
Dario VacircaVisual Art, Performance, ResearchRoom 904 dariodariodario.com
Elise Sheehan / Bella Clark / Yasmin HackettJewellery and object makersRoom 621
Esther Marie HayesCostume DesignerRoom 805 www.esthermariehayes.com
FBR DesignWeb DeveloperRoom 903 finnrobertson.com
Fiona CrawfordFine artRoom 510
FoomannArchitectRoom 903 Foomann.com.au
GOATi EntertainmentVideo Game DeveloperRoom 613 goatientertainment.com
GOATi OutsourcingArt, 3D Modelling & AnimationRoom 613 goatioutsourcing.com
Harold & MaudeRecycle reuse repairRoom 204
Irene HanenberghContemporary ArtRoom 320 www.irenehanenbergh.com
Isobel KnowlesAnimationRoom 822 isobelknowles.com
J Patterson Goldsmith SculptorJeweller / SculptorRoom 804 jasonpatterson.com.au
Jenny SinclairWriter’s studioRoom 723
Jill KempsonArtist / PainterRoom 608 www.jillkempson.com
KatzinkaJewellerRoom 907
Kimono HouseJapanese textiles & craftRoom 202 www.kimonohouse.com.au
KuwaiiLocally made women’s fashionARCADE
Li Fine Art StudioOil painting studioRoom 506 www.lifineart.com.au
Linda FryArtistRoom 510
Little Mandarin Yoga StudioYoga studioRoom 702 www.littlemandarin.melbourne
Louise Macdonald MillinerMillinerRoom 803
LovexevolIllustrationRoom 423
L’uccelloCraft supplies retailRoom 205 luccello.com.au
Marc Dixon ArchitectAritectureRoom 616
Mark Phelan DesignInterior DesignRoom 616 markphelandesign.com
Hall StudioAritectureRoom 616
Laneway LearningAlternative EducationRoom 317 www.lanewaylearning.com
Mark TrickeyJewellerRoom 811
Mary-Anne StuartArtistRoom 515
Narelle M HarrisWriting and EditingRoom 316 www.narrellemharris.com
Nicholas ProjectsArt GalleryRoom 518 nicholasprojects.org
ObusWomen's clothingARCADE
Rachael LauraJewellerRoom 712 rachellaura.com.au
Rebecca HayesGraphic Design / Illustration / AnimationRoom 805
RetroStar Vintage ClothingVintage clothingARCADE
Sean LayhOil-painterRoom 806
Serena LindemanMillinerRoom 602
Silky FoodsCocovelle Coconut Latte & Hot ChocolateRoom 613 silkyfoods.com
Stephen McLaughlan GalleryArt galleryRoom 816 www.stephenmclaughlangallery.com.au
Sue HowardVisual ArtRoom 510 Suehoward.art.com
Summerhill LashesBeautyRoom 304 www.summerhilllashes.com
The Powder RoomPerfumeRoom 303
Urban Creative StudioArchitectRoom 610 www.urbancreativestudio.com.au
Victoria MasonJewellerRoom 704
Vikki KassiorasJewelleryRoom 721 www.vikkikassioras.com.au
Vintage SoleUnisex vintage & used clothingARCADE
World Food BooksBook Shop (Art and Design)Room 319
The Nicholas Building is located at 37 Swanston St Melbourne, corner Flinders Lane, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral - enter via arcade.