1888 BUILDING, PART OF FORMER MELBOURNE TEACHERS COLLEGE SOHE 2008
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - June 20, 2019
What is significant?
The 1888 Building including all fixtures attached to the building at the time of registration, and the World War I Honour Roll. All the extant landscaped setting to west and south of the building including the lawn, the serpentine form and location of the path south of the building, mature trees and the brick and wrought iron fence to the Grattan Street boundary.
How is it significant?
The 1888 Building is of architectural and historical significance to the State of Victoria. It satisfies the following criterion for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register:
Criterion A: Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria's cultural history.
Criterion D: Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.
Why is it significant?
The 1888 Building is significant at the State level for the following reasons:
The 1888 Building is historically significant for its association with the development of educational training in Victoria. The building reflects the new commitment of the Victorian government to teacher training during the late 1880s. The building is significant for its associations with several of Victoria's leading nineteenth century educationalists, notably Charles Henry Pearson and Charles Topp, both of whom are likely to have been significantly involved in the planning and design of the building. [Criterion A]
The 1888 Building is architecturally significant as a notable and distinctive example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. The use of the full range of Queen Anne devices appears unmatched in public buildings in the State. The principal characteristics of a nineteenth century residential college are demonstrated through the use of the Queen Anne architectural style, and through the internal layout and design of the interior spaces. They are also demonstrated through the remaining open areas to the south and west of the building and through the landscaped setting to the south including the brick and wrought iron fence to Grattan Street, landscaping including the serpentine form and location of the path south of the building, and mature trees. [Criterion D]