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Coops Shot Tower

Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9922 1112
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A MUST for a good shot of this architecture

A must to snap a shot of this architecture building within the mall, nothing much to see thou as I... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Ksl L
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Singapore, Singapore
Love the architecture.

My husband and I loved looking at the old brick details and then the tall tower built around it... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
Allyn J
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Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical significance as evidence of an early industrial process, and for their association with the Coop family, who had extensive interests in shot manufacture and smelting – they owned both of the two remaining towers in Melbourne, the other being in Clifton Hill. The tower provides tangible evidence of the original process of lead shot production, a process now largely forgotten. Its form reflects the shot production process: the shot was produced by dropping molten lead through sieves at the top of the tower into water at the bottom. The height of the Tower was necessary to allow the shot to form into spheres before reaching the bottom. At the height of its productive life, the Tower was producing six tons of shot per week. Also manufactured in the associated buildings were a diverse range of lead products, including nails, washers, sheeting, tubes, pipes and solder for leadlighters and plumbers.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical significance as a reminder of the character of the 19th century city, in which residential, commercial and industrial uses existed in close proximity. There are now few remaining traces of central Melbourne's industrial past, giving the shot tower added importance.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of architectural significance as a fine example of a rare and distinctive building type and as a Melbourne landmark for more than a century. The Tower was one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne for many years, second only to the shot tower in Clifton Hill, and remained a significant Melbourne landmark long after its closure. The building is carefully massed with its campanile-style central tower above the two storey factory with fine arched openings.
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Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

A must to snap a shot of this architecture building within the mall, nothing much to see thou as I expected more. This building is within Melbourne Central Mall, and nearest metro will be Melbourne Central Station.

Thank Ksl L
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

My husband and I loved looking at the old brick details and then the tall tower built around it. One of my favorite architecture stops of the city, and it's right across from the library - another great architecture stop. Definitely a must-see for those...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Visited on Sunday 4th March. We have been here before and still find it amazing how they have incorporated a part of Melbourne's early history into a modern shopping centre. Well worth visiting if you have time.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Firstly, go just before the hour. There is a fantastic clock that is awesome to watch and listen to when it strikes the hour which was a gift from Japan. The shot tower alone is Interesting simply because it survived the wholesale destruction of most...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This building is enclosed in the Central (I think) mall, behind Emporium. Go into RM Williams shop and the staff will tell you where to go. The Shot Tower was built to manufacture lead shot, which is still done in a few places around the...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

I felt like Alice in wonderland who fell down the rabbit hole, when I accessed the are through a side access shopping area. I was very surprised to see the tower when you come up the stairs. What a great piece of architecture in the...More

Thank Sven H
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

The entrance is through R M Williams shop in the base of the tower up the first escalator. Tells the story of the development of Melbourne from the beginning and how the CBD developed. Knocked a lot of buildings down but thankfully not this one!...More

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

I don’t think this attraction needs a lot of talk or attention here suffice to say if you are in Melbourne. This is a must do. The clock nearby chimes with a fantastic Australian theme on the hour uniquely Australian. Do not delay your visit.

Thank Brian E
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

The shot tower was used to make lead shot for shotguns. The shot tower is made of special bricks. It was saved from demolition and was incorporated into the Melbourne Central development. The base of the tower incorporates an outlet of R M Williams, the...More

Thank Jeffry B
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A heritage building was in the way of a major new shopping complex so they just incorporated it into the footprint of the facility. It is the cleanest building in the world because it is under glass. The history of shot towers is amazing -...More

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