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South Melbourne Town Hall (Vic., Australia)


Camera Nikon D7000

The Town hall was built in 1879-80 by Charles Webb in the Second Empire architectural style.

The style, popular between 1865 and 1880, borrows its named from the “French” elements in vogue during the era of the Second French Empire. It was also called the Napoleon III style, the Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III from 1852 to 1870. The Second Empire style flowered in France under Napoleon III in the middle of the 19th century, but quickly developed and became an international style. In Paris, “Le Palais du Louvre” and most buildings on the Champs Elysees are the examples of the Second French Empire style.

The style’s features:

  • Mansard roof, Cupola
  • Dormer windows
  • Rounded cornices at top and base of roof
  • Brackets beneath the eaves,
  • Balconies, and bay windows
  • Patterned slate on roof
  • Wrought iron cresting above upper cornice
  • Classical pediments
  • Classical pediments
  • Paired columns
  • Tall windows on first story
  • Small entry porch