One of my favourite family activities is walking down mailing road in Canterbury after having brunch on weekend. The rich mix of Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war buildings always caught my eyes. Narrow shophouses with verandahs, ornamental fixtures and elegant façade details combine with heritage features in the public realm and mature elm trees to create a unique streetscape character that speaks strongly to its history.
The Mailing Room is a Victorian-style building, on the corner of Mailing Rd, which was built in early 1909. From the exterior, this heritage-listed building still looks like the post office, but it now houses a cafe. The building shut its doors as a post office in 1996 yet evidence of its former life has been preserved through touches such as the stained glass windows that read Money Order and Telephone Bureau.