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Luke Henriques-Gomes | 18 April 2013

Old bluestone Carlton police station - with Squizzie Taylor links - listed by state government

Old bluestone Carlton police station - with Squizzie Taylor links - listed by state government

The old Carlton Police Station which most likely once confined Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor has been listed for sale.

The vacant heritage listed Drummond Street Carlton property only ceased being the police station in 2010.

With residential 1 zoning, it is being sold by the state government through Jellis Craig by May 29 public tender.

Sitting on 992 square metres, the new of its two buildings is the 1890s six-cell bluestone jail designed by John Dow.

The 1920s gangster Squizzy Taylor, who will be the subject of the upcoming Channel Nine Underbelly series, has links to the site.

Taylor regularly frequented the area and was fatally wounded in a gunfight with his rival John Daniel “Snowy” Cutmore at a nearby house on Barkly Street on October 27, 1927.

The symmetrical brick Victorian restrained Classical-Revival style building on the street was designed by Public Works Department architects William Steel and George Watson in 1878.

It was built to replace an earlier police station at the corner of Drummond and Faraday streets.

Jellis Craig agents Simon Shrimpton and Craig Shearn expect around $3 million for the tender offering.

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