Walking tour: T & G building


When it was built, the T & G Building at 161 Collins St was described as the most beautiful building in Melbourne. T & G stands for Temperance and General as it was built by the Temperance Society. Mum pointed out that it was also known as the Tooth and Gum building because when she was growing up many dental specialists had their clinics in there.

There is a big trend in ‘shadowing’ buildings in Melbourne these days. I read an article about it a few weeks ago and Jeremy mentioned it and pointed out some buildings that had been shadowed. This is where they keep the historical facade and build a modern building behind it. Some architects are saying it is cheating and doesn’t really keep the history of the building so in fact we are still losing so much history.






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