165-167 Smith St, Fitzroy (Union Bank)

Former Union Bank, constructed in 1887 to the design of architects Inskip and Robertson. An excellent example of an intact boom style, high Victorian bank. In this top photo the bank is on the left of the image and in the once below that, you can see it also just in the very left behindContinue reading “165-167 Smith St, Fitzroy (Union Bank)”

145-163 Smith Street, Fitzroy

This is the site of the former Foy and Gibson’s Department Store. “Mark Foy opened a drapery store on this site on Smith Street in 1870. Foy modelled his store after the luxurious Parisian department store Le Bon Marche, and this exotic, modern style of shopping helped fuel the success of the business. In 1883,Continue reading “145-163 Smith Street, Fitzroy”