United Friendly Societies Dispensary (former) - 307 Victoria Street, Brunswick
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - January 1, 2008
What is Significant?
The former United Friendly Society Dispensary, 307 Victoria Street, Brunswick.
How is it Significant?
The former United Friendly Society Dispensary at 307 Victoria Street, Brunswick, is of local historical and architectural significance to the City of Moreland.
Why is it Significant?
The former United Friendly Society Dispensary is of local historical significance for its association with the co-operative system of pharmaceutical supply to members of friendly societies, which developed in the late nineteenth century and flourished until well into the twentieth century. The Brunswick UFS Dispensary established a presence in Victoria Street from 1884; the present building, erected in 1903, demonstrates expansion of facilities in the early twentieth century, and the general expansion of commercial activity along Victoria Street at that time. (AHC Criterion A.4 & B.2)
Aesthetically, it is a fine example of a large commercial building in the Federation Free style, distinguished by Art Nouveau detailing such as tulip mouldings. Occupying a prominent corner site, it remains as a distinctive element in the commercial streetscape. (AHC Criterion E.1)