St James Old Church

St James Old Church
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Built : 1857
Address : cnr King & Batman Streets
City : Melbourne

Built in the Georgian period in the Colonial Georgian/Regency style

Notable architectural features :

Very restrained Georgian features in local bluestone. Prominent domed tower. It is of architectural importance as a rare example in Melbourne of a Colonial Georgian style building of simple design and pleasing proportions with Greek detailing at the doorways, and the only known surviving work of architect Robert Russell. Although he worked in London with eminent English architect John Nash, the style reflects his experiences in Sydney, especially the work of his contemporary Francis Clarke as well as of Francis Greenway. This old Cathedral incorporates both a 'royal box' for notable visitors, and convict booths with rings for their chains to be attached to.

Building design by : Robert Russell

Original purpose (when built) : Church/Cathedral