The building was for many years the Temperance Hotel, later a spaghetti bar.
Taken by Tim West on 20/03/2018 in Lonsdale St near Healeys Lane.
Address: 556 Lonsdale St, Melbourne | Map
According to the architectural historian, J.M. Freeland, hotels constitute ‘one of the most socially significant, historically valuable, architecturally interesting, and colourful features of Australian society’. Melbourne’s hotels – or ‘pubs’ as they are commonly known – have been community centres for the consumption and sale of drink, and providers of accommodation (most typically, but not always, for travellers) since foundation and early settlement.
The inappropriately named John Tankard operated Melbourne’s first Temperance Hotel on the south side of Lonsdale Street, between Queen and William streets. Undoubtedly, certain hotels were places of prostitution and many more were places where clients could be gathered or visited. The infamous ‘saddling paddock’ at the Theatre Royal was its vestibule bars. The front bar of the Australia Hotel was a meeting place for gay men in the 20th century.
A New Tower For Lonsdale Street? Dec 2015
Plans have been submitted for a $200 million apartment development in Lonsdale Street in Melbourne.
Developer Central Equity is seeking approval to build a 67-level, 233m-high tower at 556-558 Lonsdale Street.
The proposed Melbourne Grand Apartments would feature 889 apartments (100 studio apartments, 262 one bedroom apartments, 366 two bedroom apartments and 161 three bedroom apartments).
For many year’s was Nick’s Spaghetti Bar (closed 15/12/2017)