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.