JJ Clark: architect of the Australian Renaissance

Andrew Dodd
Published by NewSouth Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 272pp Illustrated ISBN 9781742233055

Colonial architect John James Clark was 14 when he began practising as an architect. By the age of 19 he had designed the Melbourne Treasury, Australia’s finest Renaissance revival building.

Over six decades, Clark designed some of the most beautiful buildings in Australia and New Zealand including Melbourne’s Government House, City Baths and Royal Mint as well as the Treasury Building in Brisbane and the Auckland Town Hall. When he died in 1915 he was described as 'Australia's greatest architect'.

This fascinating biography reveals the inspiration and drama of Clark’s controversial career, and contains original plans, elevations and previously unpublished sketches.

Author Andrew Dodd is a journalist, producer and writer who now lectures in journalism. Andrew worked on this project as a Redmond Barry Fellow.

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