The Cathedral Room
ANZ has a long history in Melbourne and Australia. On 100 Queen Street, on the intersection of Queens and Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD, there lies the Gothic Bank. It is perhaps one of the most interesting office buildings in Melbourne. The branch inside the Gothic Bank is a throwback to times of the gold rush. Unfortunately, photography in the main branch is not permitted without prior arrangement and a permit. However, if you walk in further, you will be greeted by the Cathedral Room, which is open for visitors to photograph.
The bank is one of several buildings designed by William Wilkinson Wardell. At the time, it was both the largest bank in Australia, and the most expensive built. The Gothic arches appear somewhat out-of-place in a building that is not meant for worship.
The Cathedral Room was the work of architect William Pitt. It was built in 1888 and opened in 1891. The floor that has been roped off in the Cathedral Room is made of glass tiles that are beneath the old skylight and used to light the floor below. Its worth noting that this area used to be an “odd-jobs area” until it was finally incorporates as an extension of the Gothic Bank’s banking chamber in 1950.