PORTLAND House is of architectural and historical significance to Victoria, and now a retailer has the chance to make the building at 8 Collins Street its home.
A premium retail store in what is one of Melbourne's last remaining original Victorian townhouses is available for lease for the first time in more than 40 years through Colliers International.
Built in 1872 to the design of prominent architect Lloyd Tayler, Portland House is a three-storey brick and stucco structure with a centrally located Doric-style portico, with two rear two-storey wings.
According to Heritage Victoria, it is an example of classicism in a transitional style before the so-called boom period, and is historically significant for its close association with the medical profession.
Portland House was built as a residence and doctor's surgery by financier and politician Henry ''Money'' Miller for his daughter, Jane, and son-in-law Dr Aubrey Brown. It was later occupied by notable Melbourne physician Sir Henry Maudsley.
Colliers executive Mike Crittenden said the 26-square-metre shop had become available after a tenant closed its doors after 43 years.
"These premises would suit high-quality boutique offerings, including jewellery and watches, high-end fashion, beauty and cosmetics; or a bakery or patisserie," he said.