I am fortunate to call the Manchester Unity Building the home of the Lauren J Ritchie Millinery studio. It is wonderful to be in the heart of Melbourne looking out of the town hall.
The Manchester Unity Building is a prominent landmark on Collins Street in the centre of Melbourne. The construction was completed in 1932 and is a unique building of its being built between the world wars. The building is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture and is recognised as one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings.
Designed by the architectural firm Marcus Barlow and built by builder George F. Johnson it was originally built as the headquarters for the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows. The building is characterized by its distinctive façade, which features geometric patterns and intricate ornamentation. The entrance to the building is marked by a large clock tower, which is visible from many points in the city.
The interior of the building is just as impressive, with a stunning lobby that features marble floors, a stunning internals of the lifts, and ornate ceilings. The building has been home to many different tenants over the years, including the ABC's Melbourne radio station and departments tore.
In recent years, there have been efforts to restore the building to its former glory which is a credit to Smile Solutions Dr Kia Pajouhesh and his passion for the building. The restoration work has included repairing and restoring the façade, as well as modernizing the building's infrastructure to make it more energy-efficient and sustainable.
With views across the Melbourne skyline are stunning both day and night. My studio is located in room two on the seventh floor. The space is both shop and studio so you can see the process of each piece being made. Reach out to make a time to come by the studio to try and some hats and headpiece for an upcoming race day or wedding.
Find your way to the Lauren J Ritchie Millinery Studio in the Manchester Unity Building.