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Gordon House

Situated at the Spring Street end of Little Bourke Street, Gordon House, originally known as 'Coppin's Improved Lodgings and Dwellings', was established in 1883 by a group of philanthropists led by George Coppin. Modelled on apartment complexes in Europe and designed by William Pitt, it was intended to provide moderately priced tenement accommodation with running water and piped gas for working-class families. The original concept was a failure and the complex was soon converted into lodgings for single men, providing institutional accommodation for homeless men for much of the 20th century. After closing its doors in 1975, it was refurbished and reopened in 1978 as an up-market hotel, now known as Gordon Place.

Barbara Russell