Discover Boroondara’s most iconic buildings during the 2019 Open House Melbourne weekend - Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 July 2019.
Take a tour and explore remarkable architecture, or chat with a local historian to hear unique stories about living through Federation, the Great Depression and two world wars.
Open House Melbourne weekend inspires locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the community by exploring buildings of significance.
For more information about each location please visit Open House Melbourne.
Kew is home to some of Boroondara’s oldest houses and institutes. During Open House Melbourne weekend, you can unearth stories of the past by visiting Kew Court House, Willsmere, Villa Alba Museum and Boroondara General Cemetery.
Kew Court House
Where: 188 High Street, Kew
When: 11am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
A prominent feature at Kew Junction, learn about the transformation of the Kew Court House from a functioning courthouse and police station in to an intimate theatre and community art space.
Where: Kew - full address available on booking
When: 9.30am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Open to the public once a year, Willsmere is one of the largest asylums ever built in Australia. As one of the rarest, most intact 19th century asylums in the world, Willsmere illustrates the evolution of mental health treatment in Australia.
Villa Alba Museum
Where: 44 Walmer Street, Kew
When: 10am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday
Villa Alba Museum is one of the finest examples of late 19th century decoration in Australia, featuring rare hand-painted, stencilled and gilded decoration by renowned Scottish-trained interior designers, the Paterson Brothers.
Boroondara General Cemetery
Where: Corner of High Street and Parkhill Road, Kew
When: 11am to 4pm, Saturday
Visit one of Victoria’s oldest cemeteries, featuring the still-operational 1850s gatehouse and clock tower designed by prominent Melbourne architects Charles Vickers and Albert Purchas.
Open House Melbourne is a chance for the community to celebrate Melbourne’s architecture and heritage by opening buildings of significance over one weekend.
For more information, visit Open House Melbourne.
Explore some of Hawthorn’s most iconic buildings including the former Town Hall, Telephone Exchange and Telstra Museum, Tram Depot, Immaculate Conception Church and Tay Creggan (Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School). See how they are used today and pay homage to their former lives.
Hawthorn Arts Centre
Where: 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
When: 11am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Tour Hawthorn’s landmark building and discover how it was converted from a community Town Hall into one of Melbourne’s most beautiful arts centres - home to City of Boroondara’s premier gallery and performance spaces.
Hawthorn Telephone Exchange and Telstra Museum
Where: 375 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
When: 10am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday
Uncover this hidden gem of Australia’s telecommunications history, housed in the 1930s two-storey, redbrick, former Telephone Exchange. View the Heritage Telecommunications Collection showcasing the history of Telstra from its 1850s beginnings to the present day.
Hawthorn Tram Depot
Where: 8 Wallan Road, Hawthorn
When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Visit the heritage-listed Hawthorn Tram Depot to discover the history of Melbourne’s unique trams and tramways system. Enjoy the heritage tram collection and exhibits for the whole family to interact with.
Immaculate Conception Church
Where: 345 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
When: 2pm to 4pm, Sunday
Explore one of Victoria’s more impressive suburban churches, with its outstanding Gothic bluestone tower and glorious stained glass window. This towering landmark is a must-see for the weekend.
Where: Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, 30 Yarra Street, Hawthorn
When: 10am to 3pm, Sunday
Take a tour of one of Victoria’s most unique buildings with architectural examples of Victorian Queen Anne Revival and elements of Elizabethan Revival, 19th century Eclecticism, Arts and Crafts, Picturesque Gothic and Art Nouveau.