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An old multi-storey building amongst a city skyscape.
Interior of an arcade. The walls are lined with white tiles on the floor and walls with an arched, stained glass ceiling.
Bottom corner of a stairs case and bannister. Sunlight shines from the right casting shadows of the bannister across the floor and stairs.
View from above down a staircase, light from the left casts shadows of the bannister across the floor and stairs.
Mottled cream tiles with words in gold stating 'escape stairway' and an arrow pointing to the left.

The Nicholas Building

Nicholas Building Association, Partridge, Urban Creative, Victorian Greens


The Nicholas Building is one of Melbourne's most valuable creative treasures. This heritage-listed building was designed by Harry Norris with construction completed in 1926. It is a grand example of Chicago School- or "Commercial Palazzo"-style architecture.

Home to over 200 artists, creatives and other enterprises, the Nicholas Building's future is currently in a state of uncertainty, with an attempt to save the creative precinct underway using a blend of private, government and philanthropic investment.

The cause is championed by the Nicholas Building Association, a tenant-led collective working on new models of sustainable governance and bringing creative community partnerships to the Flinders precinct through festivals, programming and other collaborative projects.

What's On

A public tour and panel exploring the Nicholas Building, the fight to save its culture, and the upcoming KIN festival which will span the iconic building and descend into Flinders Lane and satellite venues. The panel will survey sustainable creative collectives as a method of re-imagining the relationship between buildings, communities and economies.

Images: (1-2) Nicholas Building. Photos: Gorman Allard Shelton. (3-5) Nicholas Building interior. Photos: Tom Ross

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tour + panel conversation runs 1pm
Running for 120 minutes in a group of 50
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at Cathedral Arcade.


Elevator access


12 years and above


Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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