A lovely evening to be in Melbourne for the tribute for Nelson Mandela.
In the break between events I had a wander along the unloveliness that is Swanston St and took a closer look at Cathedral Arcade.
Tucked away between the mess of souvenir shops and fast food outlets, the arcade is part of the monumental Nicholas Building.
Completed in 1926, the building is home to artisans and crafty folk of which I am blissfully ignorant. So another proper visit is due.
Although photos by others make the arcade look luminous – it seems a little under-loved and in need of some proper reverence.
Jamming a Subway and an ever ubiquitous 7-11 on the corner of this great building seems completely jarring –
(I did make the photo of Subway a bit sepia just to be fair).
Some more words on the interior delights of the building can be read at Trudy’s Playing in the Attic blog which is itself delightful in every way.