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.

Nicholas Building: Directory

Studio/Artist Profession / Service Suite Website
Agency AgencyPerformance/Installation artistRoom 904
Aurelia YeomansArtist/JewellerRoom 712
BibliopathBook SculptorRoom 614
BLINDSIDEArtist Run Initiative / Art GalleryRoom 714
Bob Brown FoundationEnvironmental advocacyRoom 807
Cage me a PeacockGallery/Art studioRoom 707
Calder SartoriaMen’s tailoring and accessoriesRoom 318
Cat RabbitTextilesRoom 822
CAVES IncGalleryRoom 620
Cella 620Jewellery StudioRoom 620
Daniel Cordner DesignGraphic DesignerRoom 903
Danny NeumannCounselling / PsychotherapyRoom 406
Dario VacircaVisual Art, Performance, ResearchRoom 904
Elise Sheehan / Bella Clark / Yasmin HackettJewellery and object makersRoom 621
Esther Marie HayesCostume DesignerRoom 805
FBR DesignWeb DeveloperRoom 903
Fiona CrawfordFine artRoom 510
FoomannArchitectRoom 903
GOATi EntertainmentVideo Game DeveloperRoom 613
GOATi OutsourcingArt, 3D Modelling & AnimationRoom 613
Harold & MaudeRecycle reuse repairRoom 204
Irene HanenberghContemporary ArtRoom 320
Isobel KnowlesAnimationRoom 822
J Patterson Goldsmith SculptorJeweller / SculptorRoom 804
Jenny SinclairWriter’s studioRoom 723
Jill KempsonArtist / PainterRoom 608
KatzinkaJewellerRoom 907
Kimono HouseJapanese textiles & craftRoom 202
KuwaiiLocally made women’s fashionARCADE
Li Fine Art StudioOil painting studioRoom 506
Linda FryArtistRoom 510
Little Mandarin Yoga StudioYoga studioRoom 702
Louise Macdonald MillinerMillinerRoom 803
LovexevolIllustrationRoom 423
L’uccelloCraft supplies retailRoom 205
Marc Dixon ArchitectAritectureRoom 616
Mark Phelan DesignInterior DesignRoom 616
Hall StudioAritectureRoom 616
Laneway LearningAlternative EducationRoom 317
Mark TrickeyJewellerRoom 811
Mary-Anne StuartArtistRoom 515
Narelle M HarrisWriting and EditingRoom 316
Nicholas ProjectsArt GalleryRoom 518
ObusWomen's clothingARCADE
Rachael LauraJewellerRoom 712
Rebecca HayesGraphic Design / Illustration / AnimationRoom 805
RetroStar Vintage ClothingVintage clothingARCADE
Sean LayhOil-painterRoom 806
Serena LindemanMillinerRoom 602
Silky FoodsCocovelle Coconut Latte & Hot ChocolateRoom 613
Stephen McLaughlan GalleryArt galleryRoom 816
Sue HowardVisual ArtRoom 510
Summerhill LashesBeautyRoom 304
The Powder RoomPerfumeRoom 303
Urban Creative StudioArchitectRoom 610
Victoria MasonJewellerRoom 704
Vikki KassiorasJewelleryRoom 721
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.