The Block Arcade

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The Block Arcade Victorian Weighing ScaleThe Block Arcade Mosaic Floor

The Block Arcade Etched Glass RoofsThe Block Arcade Ground Floor Interior

The Block Arcade Etched Glass RoofsThe Block Arcade Ground Floor Interior

The Block Arcade Ground Floor InteriorThe Block Arcade Ground Floor Interior

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The Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade that was inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. The Collins Street wing was built in 1891, followed by the Elizabeth Street wing in 1893. The name originated from the 19th century custom of “doing the block”, or promenading the fashionable city streets.

The Block Arcade features large expanses of mosaic flooring, glass roofs, and mural ceilings painted by Phillip Goatcher that still survive today. It is a listed building, and is classified by the National Trust.

Arcade tours are held every Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is inclusive of tea.

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8 thoughts on “The Block Arcade

  1. Beautiful photos, they really give you a feel for the real deal 🙂
    Thanks for visiting my site! You have some awesome pics, and I love that you’re in Victoria. My family’s pretty much all down in Ballarat.

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