Treasury Gardens

Treasury Gardens

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The small and peaceful Treasury Gardens form part of the network of city gardens which include Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens, and Kings Domain. Nestled right on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD between Spring street and Treasury Place, this picturesque garden was developed in the 1860’s to complement the Victorian Parliamentary buildings to the north.

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Today the gardens provide a peaceful respite from the fast paced city streets. Treasury Gardens is a great location for formals and family shots when the wedding photography schedule is concentrated around the Old Treasury buildings, Parliament House, Gordon Reserve and or the Hotel Windsor.

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Treasury Gardens is heritage listed and offers many romantic possibilities, with an abundance of native trees, 19th century path design and a distinctive ornamental pond. The landscaped gardens boast large areas of lush lawn, and mature tree species including Moreton Bay Figs and River Red Gums. The abundant variations of greens are perfect for close up photos during the day, the leafy foliage of the grand trees filter soft dappled light, giving the ceremony and captured scenes a highly romantic feel.

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Treasury Gardens also features some stunning sculptures and monuments including the Robert Burns memorial, a monument to President John F. Kennedy and a memorial statue of Sir William Clarke. Serendipity recommend the Treasury Gardens as a wonderfully picturesque option either for an outdoor ceremony (perfect during the Summer and Autumn months) or as a convenient alfresco location between other romantic city venues such as Parliament House, the Windsor Hotel and Collins Street.

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Treasury Gardens is close to so many of Melbourne’s top wedding photography locations!

The area near Treasury, Parliament and the Hotel Windsor has everything! Lovely Renaissance style buildings, a gorgeous fountain, evocative skylines, sweeping steps, balustrades, terraces, everything you could want for a European feel in your wedding album. Serendipity Photography recommends Treasury Gardens as the best site for formal couple portraiture and family shots with wedding photography centred around the heritage architecture of the Spring St/Collins St part of Melbourne.

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Please feel free to browse Serendipity Photography’s pages on these wonderful locations for more information, history and wedding images!

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Old Treasury

One of the shining examples of Victorian architecture in Melbourne, the Old Treasury building was constructed between 1858 and 1862, and was symbolic of the rapid development of the city in the throes of the Victorian gold rush. The building reflects the vision of Melbourne’s contemporary architects, with it’s Renaissance revivalist sensibilities. The elegantly proportioned rectangular building presents three main entrances, a central portico derived from the “Italian palazzo” form with an upper story colonnaded arcade, and beautiful elaborate window pilasters and pediments.The building was finished in the subtle creamy sandstone so beloved by architects during the period, and maintains the elegant and refined feel of high Victorian architecture. Right next door, couples can avail themselves of the green spaces and mature trees of the Treasury Gardens.

The Hotel Windsor

A Melbourne landmark and the only surviving grand Victorian era hotel, the Hotel Windsor stands near Parliament House, the Treasury, and looks over the beautiful Gordon Reserve. A significant heritage site, the Hotel Windsor is a benchmark of high Victorian architecture. An amalgamation of architectural styles, the Hotel Windsor has a distinct skyline thanks to it’s twin mansard roofed towers built in the Second Empire style, a façade created in a broadly Renaissance revivalist style, and a beautiful stone sculpture over the main entrance, consisting of male and female figures known as “Peace and Plenty” elegantly reclined over the English and Australian Coat of Arms. Notable for it’s typically Victorian combination of multiple architecture styles and it’s ornate façade, the Hotel Windsor is one of Melbourne’s most beloved heritage buildings.

Significant not only for it’s stunning architecture, the hotel holds a priceless historical value. It is the place where the Constitution of Australia was drafted in 1898, has seen the banning of alcohol — and it’s subsequent reinstatement — during the Temperance Movement, and has watched the luminaries of Australia’s political and social milieu move through it’s doors.

Just over on the opposite side of Spring Street, Melbourne couples can enjoy the classic styled Gordon Reserve, graced by the beautiful, Stanford Fountain - please visit these pages for more images and stories of the intruiging history of these Melbourne landmarks.

Parliament House

The largest 19th century public building in Australia, Parliament House on the corner of Spring Street and Bourke Street is one of the finest examples of civic architecture from the colonial period of the British Empire anywhere in the world. With it’s classical colonnade and portico, the building commands a majestic position at the head of Collins Street, and creates an impressive background for wedding photographs. Parliament stands host to many other nearby wedding locations, and is a useful start to a winter, wet day or short day wedding location tour.

The influence of the Renaissance is clearly seen in the ordered and rational façade, the classical columns, and the beautiful pale stonework of Parliament House’s front colonnade. Inspired by classical Greek and Roman art and architecture, the Renaissance artists created works of masterful rationality, which in Parliament House has been translated into a revivalist perfectionism that stands proudly in the heart of Melbourne’s heritage architectural district. You are invited to read Serendipity’s page on the history of Parliament House for more images and information on this breathtaking building.

Princess Theatre

The Princess Theatre , diagonally opposite to Parliament, is listed with the National Trust with over 150 years of history. The theatre boasts a the Second Empire top structure over an Italianate base  - these classic lines are wonderfully complemented by warm incandescent theatre lights which create gorgeous soft colours and golden circles when photographed at dusk.

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We welcome you to look at other beautiful parks and piers around Melbourne, photographed by Serendipity:

Carlton Gardens

Central Park, Caulfield

Fitzroy Gardens

Flagstaff Gardens

Elwood Beach

Green Point

Kerford Road Pier

Lagoon Pier

Mordialloc Beach

North Road Pier

Ormond Pier

Point Ormond

Queen Victoria Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens and The Terrace

St Kilda Pier

St Vincent Gardens

Williamstown Pier

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