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Discover Chapel Street's Historical Buildings

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by Janice Heath (subscribe)
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Published January 31st 2013
Chapel Street is looking up
Much has been written about Chapel Street's many charms, the shops, cafes. restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs. Having been stuck in traffic there recently, I looked up and noticed another, less well publicised facet of the street, the amazing old architecture.

Customer Service 101: Greet Your Customers Warmly...

What must the owner have been thinking when ordering the decorations on the building above? It looks a little customer-hostile. Was he having a bad day? Wanting to scare off competitors or creditors? Perhaps he was just wishing bad karma on shoplifters? The ground floor of this building is now a not-very-scary Seven-Eleven store.

"The Big Store

It's kind of appropriate that "The Big Store" now houses Coles.

Prahran Arcade

Prahran Arcade is a really magical building despite its state of disrepair. JB HiFi occupies the ground floor.

Love and Lewis Building

If you're interested in Melbourne's history and architecture, or even as a photo opportunity, these and many other historic buildings in Chapel Street are an additional reason to visit along with the more usual ones of shopping and dining.

Photos were taken in Chapel Street from Greville Street to just over Malvern Road, Prahran.

More info on the buildings at Walking Melbourne
where you'll find a list of heritage listed buildings by suburb and postcode or you can search Heritage Victoria's database.

Chapel Street is easily accessible by car, tram and train. Parking can be a big issue in this area. By train take the Sandringham Line from the city and get off at Prahran. By tram there are multiple tram routes see Public Transport Victoria's journey planner for options.
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Why? Take in some history with your coffee
Where: Chapel Street, Prahran
Cost: Free
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