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.


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.

Event | A Night At The Nicholas: Summer Edition

Thursday, 7th December | 6pm - 9pm

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The Nicholas Building Association extends its warmest welcome and invites you to come in and have a drink, enjoy the views, explore the winding corridors and discover the hidden gems not regularly open to public. From our beautifully preserved art deco arcade to the 9th floor, visitors will have the opportunity to see where beautiful things are made, buildings are designed, art is shown and ideas are conceived of, and to meet the creative people behind them.

The event is part of the City of Melbourne’s Winter program and is sure to inspire.
City of Melbourne 'What's On' event page

Pick up an event map and a cup of mulled wine on your way in for a small donation to the Nicholas Building Association. All proceeds received on the night will directly contribute to preserving and nurturing the special culture of the Nicholas Building, and enabling its community to continue to contribute to Melbourne’s creative and cultural landscape.

What's On?

Amongst dozens of studios opening their doors, you can;

Catch the launch of a new exhibition “Chinese Whispers” at BLINDSIDE
Performance installation by Dario Vacirca “Emergent Urgency”
Kimono House’s textile art exhibition “Courage and Determination”
Urban Creative's launch of their "Lumen 01" lighting range and Gayelene Carbis’s book launch of “Anecdotal Evidence” at Collected Works
Renowned jeweller and artist Victoria Mason will be opening her studio with a sale of sample and one-off pieces
Boutique stores Kuwaii, Obus, and Vintage Sole will also be open on the night
Play a VR future physics racing game '22 Racing Series' at GOATi Entertainment
Grab yourself a hot cup of CocoVelle, the world's first creamy coconut latte, at Silky Foods
Vintage label Retrostar is celebrating the night with a store wide sale and draw to win a $200 store voucher for those donating to the Nicholas Building Association.

Catch a lift to the top and be prepared to be delighted and surprised by what you discover in the Nicholas Building!

The Nicholas Building is located at 37 Swanston St Melbourne, corner Flinders Lane, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral - enter via arcade.