Spencer Street, Melbourne

Spencer Street, Melbourne

Infobox Australian Road
road_name = Spencer Street



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direction = Northwest-Southeast
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finish = Whiteman Street and Normanby Road, Southbank
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through = Melbourne CBD
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Running roughly from north to south, Spencer Street forms the western edge of the Hoddle Grid. To the north Spencer Street becomes Dynon Road, and to the south it Clarendon Street after crossing the Spencer Street Bridge over the Yarra River.

The street was once considered an unfashionable and unattractive end of town, but with the construction of Melbourne Docklands, Southern Cross Station and a Direct Factory Outlets shopping complex, and demolition of eyesores such as the power station, several high rise apartment buildings have been built since the late 1990s.

Important buildings on Spencer Street include Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer Street Station), the offices of "The Age" newspaper, the former Mail Exchange, Grand Hotel (former Victorian Railways administration officescite journal | year = 1993 | month = February | title = 67 Spencer Street | author = Geoff Peterson | journal = Newsrail | publisher = Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division) | pages = pages 44-45 ] ), the former Sir Charles Hotham Hotel and the HM Melbourne Assessment Prison. For many years, Spencer Street was also the location of Melbourne's General Post Office.

The street is also home to the 1890 era Spencer Street Power Station which has been abandoned since 1982. The power station was asbestos-ridden, with demolition beginning in 2006.


Southern Cross Station at the corner with Collins Street
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