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C&G’s Guide to Open House Melbourne
On the weekend of July 27th -28th, over 200 of Melbourne’s most progressive, historical and contemporary buildings open their doors to the public for exclusive tours and interactive viewings. In addition, there’s over 45 special events, tours and talks to attend that span the month of July, so don’t fret if you’re not free on that particular weekend. In today’s blog, C&G explore our favourite must-visit southside buildings from the 2019 program.
After an extensive refurbishment in 2018, the Hotel Esplanade has once again established itself as one of Melbourne’s must-visit venues. Originally built in the 1920s as a 60-room hotel, this iconic establishment has undergone many transformations and now boasts twelve bars and three live music stages over five levels. Visit on Open House Melbourne weekend to enjoy an Architecture Tour by Techne Architects and a Styling Tour lead by Eleisha Gray.
Como’s rich history is rivalled only by its luxurious interior, and may just be Melbourne’s most glamorous stately home. Built in 1847, Como House and Garden is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture. Como House will be open for self-guided viewings on Saturday 27 July. As you explore, be sure to chat with the volunteers on hand about the Armytage family, who lived in the building for nearly a century.
All Saints Church was constructed over a period of 30 years, finally reaching completion in 1861. It is one of the largest and most decorated churches within Melbourne and is one of the most significant examples of gothic revival architecture in Australia. Keep an eye out for the fine collection of stained glass displayed throughout, much of it was meticulously handcrafted in England and Germany. Enjoy guided tours across the Open House Melbourne weekend, with a special performance by the All Saints Choir on Sunday at 10am.
Labassa is a stunning Victorian-era mansion with a unique history that saw the thirty-five room mansion divided into flats in the 1920s. Its opulent architectural features have been magnificently restored, and it remains the most lavish of the few surviving nineteenth-century mansions within Victoria. Open on Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm, take in the gilt embossed wallpapers and ornate stained glass during your self-guided tour.
Don’t forget to check out the Open House Melbourne’s detailed guide for more inspiration.