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Collins St Baptist Church

Location

Collins Street Baptist Church, Collins Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Access

Exterior – Free to view

Interior – Access may be restricted

Architectural History

Designed by the prolific Joseph Reed, architect of the Melbourne Town Hall, the Collins St Baptist Church is the grandest classical church in Victoria. The facade of the building is modelled on a Roman temple and is Reed's finest and purest achievement in the giant Corinthian Order. The steps and lamp standards enhance this grandeur. The portico with its finely detailed dentils and brackets is the oldest reasonably complete surviving example on any non-residential building in the state. The interior is a fine example of a Baptist hall church and the most intact surviving from the early 1860's. The gallery is supported on elegant cast iron columns. The Classical style of the building contrasts with the Gothic designs so popular at the time, reflecting the independence of the Baptist Church.