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Madame Brussels Lane

Madame Brussels Lane is a return lane off Lonsdale Street between Exhibition and Spring streets. The lane was named after the Melbourne brothel owner, Madame Brussels, who owned 8 high-class brothels during the late nineteenth century.

The Urban Workshop Building, located at 50 Lonsdale Street, was built over land which was consolidated in the 1950s and as a result several laneways were destroyed. The architects revived the former lanes as pedestrian walkways within the foyer of the Urban Workshop Building, including Madame Brussels Lane.

Patricia Mcmullan

'From infamy to street cred, Madame is still marvellous', The Age, 16 April 2006, http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/from-infamy-to-street-cred-madame-is-still-marvellous/2006/04/15/1144521546968.html. Details