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Manchester Unity Building

Melbourne

  • Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne, Victoria. Photo: Ayesha Lawrence.
Manchester Unity Building

The Manchester Unity Building is one of Melbourne's most iconic Art Deco landmarks. It was built in 1932 for the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), a friendly society providing sickness and funeral insurance. Melbourne architect Marcus Barlow took inspiration from the 1927 Chicago Tribune Building. His design incorporated a striking New Gothic style façade of

The Manchester Unity Building is one of Melbourne's most iconic Art Deco landmarks. It was built in 1932 for the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), a friendly society providing sickness and funeral insurance. Melbourne architect Marcus Barlow took inspiration from the 1927 Chicago Tribune Building. His design incorporated a striking New Gothic style façade of faience tiles with ground-floor arcade and mezzanine shops, café and rooftop garden. Step into the arcade for a glimpse of the marble interior, beautiful friezes and restored lift – or book a tour for a peek upstairs.

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