Field Observation Essay

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Part1 - Exploring the Hoddle Grid and the Historical Layers of the Melbourne Central Business District 1. Recording of Observations made in Field Observation 1 Location 1: Swanston St – Franklin St Intersection – Queen Victoria Market Walking along on Swanston Street to Victoria Street, a few remarkable buildings can be observed – The State Library, RMIT’s building 22, Swanston Academic Building and University Gallery and the Melbourne City Baths. The buildings are all built in different styles and therefore the period of construction can be estimated. Built in the early years, the State Library contains a lot of features of neoclassical architecture, which is often seen in buildings built in the 1800s. There were people with shopping bags and plastic bags passed by, showing that they might have been finishing shopping at the market. The market is not only a hot spot for local people, but also for tourists. I went there on Sunday and there were lots of visitors – some are doing their groceries, some are looking for souvenirs and some are buying their early meals from various food stalls. The landmark occupies over two whole city blocks, and is divided into different sections each with a specific ‘theme’. Some sections are dedicated for fresh food, some mainly sell clothes and some sell handmade crafts. Location 2: Melbourne’s court district along William St, from La Trobe towards Bourke St At the corner of La Trobe Street and William Street seats the home of Federal Circuit Court of Australia, which has stylish finishing and is located just next to the Flagstaff railway station. One city block away from it is the County Court of Victoria, which also has a modern finishing. Right opposite of the County Court is the Supreme Court of Melbourne. In contrast with the first to buildings, the Supreme Court is built with Renaissance Revival Architectural

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