Architect: H.S. Griffiths
Built at a cost of $20,000 and designed by H.S. Griffiths a British architect, the Criterion was one of many hotels established in the area to accommodate the thousands of arriving travellers. The large bar on the ground floor and handsome billiard room attracted a ready market in the members of the nearby ‘Newspaper Row’, where the three major dailies, the Free Press, the Tribune and the Telegram, as well as several smaller daily, weekly and monthly publications were located. The outstanding feature of the façade is the multi-coloured terra cotta detailing that was added to the ground floor in 1915.