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.
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,