Flinders Street Station is the world's last Victorian masterpiece and should be restored

 
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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
By the time the 20th century turned, the days of Marvellous Melbourne were already over. The Gold Rush city, that rose with the boom years to have one of the greatest collections of architectural extravaganzas on the planet, was hit so hard by depression in 1893 that virtually all building ceased for a decade, save for one major project – a new station at the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets.
Flinders Street Station is the world's last Victorian masterpiece and should be restored

There are parts of the station building which are unusable due to the state of disrepair.  I am glad the ridiculous bastardisation of the station is not going ahead,  I would prefer to see the entire station have a facelift with cleaning and rooms being refurbished.  

It needs to be protected,

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  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I'd agree. As a visitor from Sydney, it's an iconic part of Melbournes CBD much like The Opera House or Central Station is in Sydney. It should be cosmetically restored on the outside and renovated inside so that the facilities are modern for a modern city, but the architecture is a reminder of a time when appearance was considered.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The premise of the statement is incorrect.

The station is Edwardian, not Victorian.

Mike.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Apparently Dan Andrews is going to splash $100 million on scrubbing it up over the next 4 years:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/decaying-flinders-street-station-to-get-100-million-facelift-20150217-13hqzi.html
  Bethungra Train Controller

Apparently Dan Andrews is going to splash $100 million on scrubbing it up over the next 4 years:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/decaying-flinders-street-station-to-get-100-million-facelift-20150217-13hqzi.html
Carnot

I like this guy.  He is getting on with the job.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
...at the risk of again sounding like a broken record...Dan has really hit the ground running...

Sensational news Exclamation

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/decaying-flinders-street-station-to-get-100-million-facelift-20150217-13hqzi.html

Mike.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The premise of the statement is incorrect.

The station is Edwardian, not Victorian.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Agree, but since when have the politicians or the press/media bothered about the truth or accuracy?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Yes its 18 months, but it looks like it took them a while to clean up the toilets. You have to wonder how long it will look so spic and span for though.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-29/flinders-street-station-toilets-get-big-revamp/7670432
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Yes its 18 months, but it looks like it took them a while to clean up the toilets. You have to wonder how long it will look so spic and span for though.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-29/flinders-street-station-toilets-get-big-revamp/7670432
mikesyd

@mikesyd this upgrade to the toilet facilities for well overdue.  The toilets were so  busy and so poor in their presentation.  This is great news.

What is next for the station revamp?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The premise of the statement is incorrect. The station is Edwardian, not Victorian.
"The Vinelander"
My understanding is that it is neither. It is French Renaissance style.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Edwardian/Victorian describes the era, not architectural style. Flinders Street Railway Station was designed in the very late Victorian Era, beginning with the 1899 design competition. The winning entry used the French Renaissance architectural style. Construction started in 1900 and the building was finally opened in 1910. The Victorian era 'officially' ended in January 1901 with the passing of Queen Victoria and the Edwardian era lasted roughly until 1914, although the reign of King Edward VII ended in 1910.

So it is correct to say that it is a Victorian-era building insofar as the design work was completed before the Edwardian era, but it is arguably better described as being Edwardian in character due to the heavily Continental architectural influence, which is a hallmark of the Edwardian era.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Yes its 18 months, but it looks like it took them a while to clean up the toilets. You have to wonder how long it will look so spic and span for though.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-29/flinders-street-station-toilets-get-big-revamp/7670432

@mikesyd this upgrade to the toilet facilities for well overdue.  The toilets were so  busy and so poor in their presentation.  This is great news.

What is next for the station revamp?
bevans
All the politicians, whom in the last 50 years, have promised to restore it, and haven't, shall be tied to the tracks, and run over by a 100 wagon freighter.


Slowly



The saving in pensions,will pay for a full restoration.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
Yes its 18 months, but it looks like it took them a while to clean up the toilets. You have to wonder how long it will look so spic and span for though.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-29/flinders-street-station-toilets-get-big-revamp/7670432

@mikesyd this upgrade to the toilet facilities for well overdue.  The toilets were so  busy and so poor in their presentation.  This is great news.

What is next for the station revamp?
All the politicians, whom in the last 50 years, have promised to restore it, and haven't, shall be tied to the tracks, and run over by a 100 wagon freighter.


Slowly



The saving in pensions,will pay for a full restoration.
wobert
Any prospects for the Overall roof that was in the original design being built to complete the design I wonder ?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Any prospects for the Overall roof that was in the original design being built to complete the design I wonder ?
Crossover
That'd be fantastic, but the Government would want to build a shopping centre into the roof to pay for it.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Any prospects for the Overall roof that was in the original design being built to complete the design I wonder ?
That'd be fantastic, but the Government would want to build a shopping centre into the roof to pay for it.
LancedDendrite
Perhaps the only way that we will see a restoration that uses the full building - the rental income helps to pay for it. A few big ones in Europe that I have passed through have gone down this path with great results.....Antwerp, Leipzig, Milano, Berlin (though essentially a new station) to name a few.

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