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.

Event | A Night At The Nicholas: BLOCK PARTY Edition

Thursday, 20th June | 5pm - 9pm

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For one night only The Nicholas Building will open it's doors to the winter night, and invite all to explore it's winding corridors.

Art / Music / Cocktails / Performance / Open Artist Studios / Video / and other ANAN 'one night only' occurrences.

This is the next instalment of a series of events that invite the public to engage with this incredible vertical creative precinct in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. Whether you'd like to purchase an artwork or a piece jewellery directly from their maker, see where buildings are designed, where music is made, discover where ideas are conceived and meet the creative people behind them, come and explore our corridors with a drink in hand - a Night at the Nicholas is unmissable. From our beautifully preserved art deco arcade to the 9th floor, there will be a chance to encounter a wealth of creative work from some of Melbourne’s best jewellers, milliners, artists, fashion designers, architects, graphic designers, galleries, thinkers, and unique boutiques and shops that all form part of our building’s magic.

Stay tuned to this event page as more ANAN happenings are announced over the coming days!

Gold coin donation on entry.

See you there under the stained glass ceiling.

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


A Night At the Nicholas Sponsor - Aperol Spritz A Night At the Nicholas Sponsor - Moon Dog - Craft Brewery A Night At the Nicholas Sponsor - City Precinct


Level 3, Room 14-15


Black Camel

5:00-5:30 Kier lap steel (Improv)
5:30-6:00 Andre bass (Improv)
6:00-6:30 John kit (Improv)
6:30-7:00 Kat sax (Improv)
7:00-7:45 Group (Improv)
7:45 - 8:30 Matt Gingold (DJ)
8:30 - 9:00 Jen Moore (DJ)


6:00-6:25 Shaking Tree Choir
7:00-9:00 Pedro Fuentes Double bass


6:45-7:00 Shaking Tree Choir

Level 1

5:45-6:30 Kier (Lap steel improv)



Obus - Women's clothing
Kuwaii - Locally made women’s fashion

Level 1

RetroStar Vintage Clothing - Vintage clothing
Reina Melbourne - Vintage clothing
Flinders Lane Gallery - Art Gallery

Level 2

202 & 718 - Kimono House - Japanese textiles & craft
203 & 204 - Harold & Maude - Recycle Repurpose Remake and Reinvent

Level 3

317 - Laneway Learning - Community education
320 - Phebe Parisia / PRENTA X - Art & Design

Level 4

407 - 409 - Sue Howard - Visual Art
411 & 412 - Missing Persons - Multi-arts space
421 - Jose Zarpan - Bespoke Tailor

Level 5

503 - Ada Hodgson - Jeweller
503 - Esther Weinberg - Jeweller
505 - Miriam Morris - Visual artist and musician
515 - Mary-Anne Stuart - Artist

Level 6

602 - Serena Lindeman - Milliner
611 - Urban Creative Studio - Architect
614 - Lovexevol - Illustration
614 - Bibliopath - Book Sculptor

Level 7

714 - BLINDSIDE - Artist Run Initiative / Art Gallery
715 - Find Your Voice Australia - Voice and Performance Coaching
719 - Stephen Giblett - Artist

Level 8

802 - Hinterland Innovation - Human-centred design
802 - Studio Sometimes - Graphic / Web Designer
803 - Louise Macdonald Milliner - Milliner
804 - J Patterson Goldsmith Sculptor - Jeweller / Sculptor
813 - Gold Storm (Caves) - Art gallery
816 - Stephen McLaughlan Gallery - Art gallery

Level 9

904 - Devika Bilimoria - Visual Artist
907 - Katzinka Tschierschky - Goldsmith and jewellery designer
915 - Chantilly Studio - Creative co-working space
921 - Rebecca Stewart - Illustrator

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

Nicholas Building: Directory

Studio/Artist Profession / Service Suite Website
Ada HodgsonJewellerRoom 503 adahodgson.com
Agency AgencyPerformance / Installation artistRoom 904
Anno Domini HomeArtistRoom 204
Aurelia YeomansArtist / JewellerRoom 712 aureliayeomans.com
BibliopathBook SculptorRoom 614 bibliopath.org
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 813 www.cavesgallery.com
Cella 620Jewellery StudioRoom 620
Chantilly StudioCreative co-working spaceRoom 915 chantillystudio.org
Daniel Cordner DesignGraphic DesignerRoom 903 DanielCordnerDesign.com
Danny NeumannCounselling / PsychotherapyRoom 406 melbournetherapyassociates.com
Dario VacircaVisual Art, Performance, ResearchRoom 904 dariodariodario.com
Devika BilimoriaVisual ArtistRoom 904 devikabilimoria.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 503 estherweinberg.com.au
Eveline Tarunadjaja - LovexevolDesigner / IllustratorRoom 614 lovexevol.com
Find Your Voice AustraliaVoice and Performance CoachingRoom 715 findyourvoiceaustralia.com
Finn RobertsonWeb DeveloperRoom 903 finnrobertson.com
Fiona CrawfordFine artRoom 408 fionajcrawford.com
Flinders Lane GalleryArt GalleryRoom 101 - 104 flg.com.au
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 203 - 204
Heart and Soul TatooTattoo StudioRoom 413 heartandsoultattoo.com.au
Hilary CrespIllustratorRoom 919 - 921
Hinterland InnovationHuman-centred designRoom 802 hinterlandinnovation.com
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
Kate WallacePainterRoom 919 - 921
Katzinka TschierschkyGoldsmith and jewellery designerRoom 907 katzinka.com
Kimono HouseJapanese textiles & craftRoom 202 & 718 kimonohouse.com.au
KuwaiiLocally made women’s fashionArcade
Laneway LearningCommunity EducationRoom 317 lanewaylearning.com
Li ZhangArtistRoom 505
Grace QuPicture FramerRoom 505
Linda FryArtistRoom 804
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
Miriam MorrisVisual artist and musicianRoom 505 miriammorrisarts.com
Missing PersonsArt GalleryRoom 411 - 412 missingpersons.me
Narelle M HarrisWriting and EditingRoom 410 narrellemharris.com
Nicholas ProjectsArt GalleryRoom 518 nicholasprojects.org
ObusWomen's clothingArcade
Phebe Parisia - PRENTA XArt, Design & FashionRoom 320 phebeparisia.com
Rachael LauraJewellerRoom 712 rachellaura.com.au
Rebecca HayesGraphic Design / Illustration / AnimationRoom 805
Rebecca StuartIllustratorRoom 921 rebeccalennoxstewart.com
RetroStar Vintage ClothingVintage clothingLevel 1 retrostar.com.au
Reina MelbourneVintage clothingLevel 1 reinamelbourne.com
Sean LayhOil-painterRoom 806
Serena LindemanMillinerRoom 602 serenalindeman.com.au
Silky FoodsCocovelle Coconut Latte & Hot ChocolateRoom 613 silkyfoods.com
Studio SometimesGraphic / Web DesignerRoom 802 studiosometimes.com
Stephen GiblettArtistRoom 719
Stephen McLaughlan GalleryArt galleryRoom 816 stephenmclaughlangallery.com.au
Sue HowardVisual ArtRoom 407 - 409 Suehoward.art.com
Summerhill LashesBeautyRoom 304 summerhilllashes.com
Tim LanePainterRoom 919 - 921
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
Welcome TatooTattoo StudioRoom 321 - 337
World Food BooksBook Shop (Art and Design)Room 319
Jose ZarpanTailoringRoom 421
The Nicholas Building is located at 37 Swanston St Melbourne, corner Flinders Lane, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral - enter via arcade.