Hotel Lindrum officially opened its doors on the 12th of July 1999 and now is a Melbourne luxury hotel that stands out from the rest. However, the building itself has a long and colourful history and many guests of this luxury hotel recall the days when the building was known as Lindrum’s Billiard Centre.
Walter Lindrum was a world champion player of English billiards often referred to as the games greatest player with 57 world records to his credit, many still standing.
By the age of 16, Walter was regularly making breaks of over 1000 during practice at the London Tavern, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, where Fred Lindrum II was running a three-table billiard parlour. By 1921 Walter Lindrum was defeating his older brother, Fred III, then the Australian Champion.
Walter Lindrum was the World Professional Billiards Champion for 4 consecutive years (1929-1933), and so dominated the sport that they changed the rules in an attempt to curb his dominance. One critic Neville Cardus even referred to Bradman as "the Lindrum of cricket".
In June 1927 in Melbourne he claimed a world speed record when he scored 816 points in 23 minutes in an unfinished break.
1900's – Griffiths Brothers Melbourne Tea Merchants
The building was commissioned by well-known Melbourne tea merchants, Griffiths Brothers and was used as their new store and sales room for teas, coffees and cocoas.The building’s design reflected the red brick Romanesque Revival style popular at the time in Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, with a façade of decorative render bands, an upper storey colonnade and giant arcade order with oriel elements.
1960's – Headquarters for The Herald
In the 1920's, the eastern most block of Flinders Street became the headquarters for the Herald. By the mid 1940's, the Griffiths was leased to Verona Press and became a printing headquarters.As the Herald empire expanded, the building was acquired in the mid 1960's by the Herald and Weekly Times who renamed it 'Gravure House'. The building was fully occupied by various Herald subsidiaries and publications including Colorgravure Publications, United Press and Home Beautiful.
1973 - 1988 – Walter Lindrum Billiard Centre
The former Griffith's Bros building became a major focus of activity as a Melbourne billiard and snooker-playing establishment. Leased by Dolly Lindrum and her husband, Lindrum's Billiard Centre was partly named after her famous uncle, Walter Lindrum (1896-1960) but more so for a family that had produced four generations of billiard champions and snooker players.Lindrum’s Billiard Centre sadly came to a close in 1988, after News Ltd, the new owner of the Herald and Weekly Times, took back the building to accommodate the offices of the Australian publication.
With the relocation of the Herald and Weekly Times to new buildings in 1995, the building came up for sale and a greater potential use for the now historic building commenced.
1999 – Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum opened its doors on 12th July 1999. Hotel Lindrum brought to the city a new concept in Melbourne luxury hotels, being amongst the first boutique hotels to enter the market.
Hotel Lindrum Today
Hotel Lindrum has incorporated aspects of its heritage in present day operations. The billiard room features one of the original billiard tables from the buildings days as Lindrum's Billiard Centre. It has been lovingly restored to its former glory by Alcock, Thompson & Taylor, the company that originally built the table. Memorabilia of Walter Lindrum in his championship era adorn the walls of the billiard room. In memory of even earlier years, Griffiths items are displayed in the bar and guests receive a complimentary newspaper each morning.So when you are looking for Melbourne luxury hotels that have a unique history and fantastic location, then Hotel Lindrum is the one to choose.
Swaney Draper Architects brought the historic building to life through their philosophy of designing buildings that are ‘honestly inventive in terms of their aesthetic and functional solutions’.The Melbourne landmark now sports contemporary design solutions that move away from the formal commercial approach typical of hotel design. The feeling of domestic intimacy that the Hotel Lindrum design evokes is both refreshing and architecturally innovative.
International designers, Terry Fripp and Neil Bradford formed their partnership in early 1998. Terry is an interior architect who has worked on a number of smaller resort hotels, for example the Chedi Bandung and the Serai East Bali along with a number of private residences throughout Asia. Neil's experience lies in designing prestige residential interiors, having working throughout Europe and the United Sates for numerous years.
With the Hotel Lindrum project, they created a concept that is not what you would normally expect from hotels - a hotel as a home - with attention to features that provide reassuring comfort and tranquillity that our homes offer. The combination of their talents has resulted in a stylish, club like atmosphere that has been the focus of much media attention and publicity.
The lighting has been designed and made by a number of various companies. The down lights are by Megalit and work on a central control dimmer bank to create ambiance and allow staff to adjust the lighting to create a particular mood. Ism Objects, a Melbourne based company are responsible for the design and make of the majority of other lighting features in the hotel.
Artwork & Photography
The black and white images of a variety of Melbourne’s architectural details and well-known buildings were captured by photographer Marcus Struzina.The walls of the billiard area are adorned with memorabilia of the Australian billiard champion Walter Lindrum and his family. Most of this memorabilia was provided by Dolly Lindrum the operator of the Lindrum Billiard Centre and the niece of Walter Lindrum.
So when you are looking for the very best boutique romantic hotels Melbourne have, then Hotel Lindrum is it.