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Architecture Federal Coffee Palace

A particular feature of the city's boom years were the temperance hotels, known as coffee palaces. A small number of hotels (such as the Tankard Family Hotel in West Lonsdale Street), had always refused to sell alcohol, but the coffee palaces were much grander.

The opening of the two most extravagant temperance hotels the Grand in Spring Street (now the Windsor Hotel) and the Federal on the corner of Collins and King Streets coincided with the 1888 Exhibition.

The Federal had seven floors crowned by an iron-framed domed tower. Bedrooms were on the top five floors, while the majestic ground and first floors contained majestic dining, lounge, sitting, smoking, writing and billiard rooms. There were six 'accident proof' lifts, gaslights, electric service bells, and an ice-making plant in the basement to keep kitchen supplies fresh, and to cool the lemonade and ginger beer. The Federal was licensed in 1923 and demolished in 1973.


The Federal Coffee Palace
magnifyThe Federal Coffee Palace, Collins Street


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