Home to an eclectic mix of small businesses and attractions including; art galleries, unique boutiques & stores, fashion designers, jewellers, artist & design studios, musicians & recording studios, architects, food development, small start ups, video games & technology innovators.

Built in 1926, the Nicholas Building is one of the oldest and most diverse vertical creative precincts that Melbourne has to offer.


From the fabulous Vali 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 rag trade, commercial artists, medical practitioners and architects. Today the Nicholas Building is still a bustling creative hub. A place where anything and everything can happen, and usually does.
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 has been both 'Heritage Listed' and is listed by the 'National Trust'.


The Nicholas Building Association is one on Melbourne's (Australia's?) oldest and most diverse vertical arts precincts, and is at risk of being lost. The Nicholas Building Association (NBA) was formed in 2017 to protect and nurture the unique culture of arts and innovation that the building has become known for. We are a group of tenants who provide support, and negotiate and engage with government, institutions, the building agent and other bodies - to ensure Melbourne does not lose this unique cultural treasure. The Nicholas Building Association also host events and socials to encourage cross fertilisation among tenants and promote the talent of our building's studios to the public.

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 blindside.org.au
Bob Brown FoundationEnvironmental advocacyRoom 807
Cage me a PeacockGallery / Art studioRoom 707 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 melbournetherapyassociates.com
Dario VacircaVisual Art, Performance, ResearchRoom 904 dariodariodario.com
Elise Sheehan / Bella Clark / Yasmin HackettJewellery and object makersRoom 621
Ellinor Mazza ellinornazza.com
Esther Marie HayesCostume DesignerRoom 805 esthermariehayes.com
Esther WeinbergJeweller / DesignerRoom 410 estherweinberg.com.au
Eveline Tarunadjaja - LovexevolDesigner / IllustratorRoom 423 lovexevol.com
Finn RobertsonWeb DeveloperRoom 903 finnrobertson.com
Fiona CrawfordFine artRoom 408 fionajcrawford.com
FoomannArchitectRoom 903 Foomann.com.au
GOATi EntertainmentVideo Game DeveloperRoom 613 goatientertainment.com
GOATi OutsourcingArt, 3D Modelling & AnimationRoom 613 goatioutsourcing.com
Hall StudioAritectureRoom 616
Harold & MaudeRecycle reuse repairRoom 204
Irene HanenberghContemporary ArtRoom 320 irenehanenbergh.com
Isobel KnowlesAnimationRoom 822 isobelknowles.com
J Patterson Goldsmith SculptorJeweller / SculptorRoom 804 jasonpatterson.com.au
Jenny SinclairWriter’s studioRoom 723
Jeremy LeyCartoons!Room 423 jeremyley.com
Jill KempsonArtist / PainterRoom 608 jillkempson.com
KatzinkaJewellerRoom 907
Kimono HouseJapanese textiles & craftRoom 202 kimonohouse.com.au
KuwaiiLocally made women’s fashionARCADE
Laneway LearningCommunity EducationRoom 317 lanewaylearning.com
Li Fine Art StudioOil painting studioRoom 506 lifineart.com.au
Linda FryArtistRoom 408
Little Mandarin Yoga StudioYoga studioRoom 702 littlemandarin.melbourne
Louise MacdonaldMillinerRoom 803 millinery.com.au
L’uccelloCraft supplies retailRoom 205 luccello.com.au
Marc Dixon ArchitectAritectureRoom 616
Mark Phelan DesignInterior DesignRoom 616 markphelandesign.com
Mark TrickeyJewellerRoom 811
Mary-Anne StuartArtistRoom 515
Megan WebbEthical Jeweller / DesignerRoom 410 mwjeweller.com.au
Narelle M HarrisWriting and EditingRoom 410 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 stephenmclaughlangallery.com.au
Sue HowardVisual ArtRoom 408 Suehoward.art.com
Summerhill LashesBeautyRoom 304 summerhilllashes.com
The Powder RoomPerfumeRoom 303
Urban Creative StudioArchitectRoom 610 urbancreativestudio.com.au
Victoria MasonJewellerRoom 704
Vikki KassiorasJewelleryRoom 721 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.