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.