What is significant?
The former Kew Post Office was built at the apex of a complex constructed to also accommodate a police station and court house. The building was designed in the Queen Anne style by the Public Works Department's architect J Harvey and completed in 1888.
How is it significant?
The Kew Post Office is of historic and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The former Kew Post Office, together with the Court House and Police Station, is important because it exhibits diversity in integrating civil offices, and because the design accommodates the apex of road junctions. The former post office is important because it demonstrates a departure from the contemporaneously favoured High Victorian Classical to the Queen Anne style in the design of civic buildings. The former Kew Post Office is of historic importance because of its relationship to, and ability to reflect, Melbourne's prosperity in the late nineteenth century; a prosperity which gave rise to the emergence of an upper middle class and the development of Kew as one of Melbourne's wealthier suburbs.
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