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T&G Building (KPMG House)

Space shortages in their Swanston Street offices led the Temperance and General (T&G) Mutual Life Assurance Society to construct a new head office building on the corner of Collins and Russell streets. Designed in a neo-Renaissance style by K. & A. Henderson, and completed in 1928, the 10-storey building was one of the largest of its type in Melbourne. Extended in 1938, the structure's ziggurat-like tower - an emblem of the society - made the building a distinctive city landmark. Popularly known as the 'tooth and gum building', because of the high ratio of dental tenants, the structure was gutted and refurbished in the late 1980s.

Ben Schrader

See also

Ramsden Place