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Melbourne’s Exceptional Architectural Marvels

The two day event will offer an incredible insight into over 200 examples of iconic architecture throughout the city of Melbourne.

The Open House Melbourne weekend has returned for another year. The two day event – to be held on 28 and 29 July 2018 – will offer an incredible insight into over 200 examples of iconic architecture throughout the city of Melbourne. Focusing on facilitating first-hand experiences, the inaugural event is an opportunity to reflect on the role design has played in the evolution of the city and to consider architectural developments in the future.

We have curated a selection of some of the most exceptional architectural marvels included in the program for this year’s event in the precincts of Boroondara, Stonnington, Port Philip and Bayside.

Hawthorn Tram Depot

An imposing building on a prominent site, the Hawthorn Tram Depot underwent a residential conversion, with the original shed restored to house Melbourne’s heritage tram fleet.

Xavier College Memorial Chapel

Constructed in between 1927 and 1934 as a memorial to former students who died in active service, the chapel is a profound symbol and showcases a magnificent baroque aesthetic with characteristics of classic Greek revival.

Willsmere

Once the highest constructed point in Melbourne and former asylum, the 19th century Willsmere building is now an exclusive collection of private residences and is still considered one of the city’s most architecturally interesting heritage buildings.

Marshall White agents Davide Lettieri and Hamish Tostevin recently completed the campaign for 3 Wiltshire Drive, an impressive apartment located in the historic main building.

Como House and Garden

A rare and evocative example of late Georgian architecture, Como House is a splendidly proportioned symmetrical mansion, one of the finest monuments in Australian from the mid-Victorian era.

Focusing on facilitating first-hand experiences, the inaugural event is an opportunity to reflect on the role design has played in the evolution of the city and to consider architectural developments in the future.

Mandeville Hall

One of the finest examples of a 19th century town house, Mandeville Hall portrays a remarkable record of historic interior decoration tastes and skills influenced by the contemporary Aesthetic Movement.

Firestation Print Studio

Comprising an exhibition gallery, press workshops and artists’ studios, the Firestation Print Studio was once an historic fire station at risk of demolition but instead was repurposed a vital artistic resource for the community.

Malvern Town Hall

Historically significant as a demonstration of the civic pride and post-gold rush wealth of the late 19th century, the Malvern Town Hall is adorned with elaborate demonstrations of terrazzo floors, marble walls and Queensland maple timber furnishings.

Luna Park

Having undergone a series of changes over the past century, Luna Park is one of Melbourne’s most iconic architectural creations and was originally constructed from chicken wire, hessian and cement render, featuring illuminated eyes that rolled from side to side.

Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Former Brighton Town Hall

Surrounded by picturesque gardens and Victorian streetscape, the former Town Hall is a Classical Revival building representing fine examples of formal and informal plantings, hard landscaping, sculpture and other built elements of the early 20th century.

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