Melbourne, where I live, has a lot of beautiful old buildings. I have a few favourites, but the one above is my number one at the moment and it's just down the road from my work.
It was completed in 1890 to house Australia's first safe deposit facility, operated by the Melbourne Safe Deposits Co Ltd. It's now an ANZ Bank office. The original vaults in the basement are still largely intact.
It's an example of the Free Gothic style that was popular during Queen Victoria's reign, and it's notable for its off-centre gable and dormer windows (Can you tell I got that from a book on Melbourne's historic buildings?). I love it because it looks like it's from the pages of a fairytale...if there were ever a fairytale set in a city office building. The facade is just so richly and amazingly detailed.
How to get rich
I went to the hairdresser tonight. I reckon if you could bottle and sell that "Wow, I just left the salon and I feel like a new woman!"* feeling, you would get rich.
* I'm assuming it's mostly women who get the "brand new" feeling, but I could be wrong.
Anyone got a favourite building? What feeling would you like to bottle?