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Your chance to peek inside Melbourne’s most iconic buildings
June 21, 2013
Are you an architecture enthusiast or someone who loves eying off beautiful and historic buildings? Well now you have the chance to take a walk through some of Melbourne’s most prestigious buildings, with the highly popular “Open House Melbourne”, returning on the 27th and 28th of July.
Over the weekend, a record 111 buildings will open their doors to the public, to celebrate the city’s world class architecture and design.
The building list has just been announced, and includes some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings:
Manchester Unity Building
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The Manchester Unity building, located in Melbourne’s chic Collins St, is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, representing a rare blend of art, science, culture and commerce. This building was home to Melbourne’s first escalator!
131-141 Queen Street
This 10 storey building was constructed over 100 years ago, and according to Robert Larocca of the REIV, “is a great example of how buildings can be reused over and over again. 131-141 Queen Street is well known as the site of the Great Bookie Robbery in 1976 when it housed the Victorian Club and Amateur Sports Club. Visitors can access the juliet balcony on the first floor and gain a bird’s eye view of the Queen Street, or visit the roof top garden whilst learning more about the robbery or even getting a drink in the Turf Bar.”
Old Treasury Building
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The Old Treasury Building is located at 20 Spring St, Melbourne and is regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia. It was constructed during the Victorian gold rush, symbolising the rapid development of the city. Be careful – some say the building is haunted by a public servant or a caretaker who never left!
Como House & Garden
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Situated in Melbourne’s prestigious inner suburb of South Yarra, lies the stunning Como House & Garden. Built in 1847, Como House represents a mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture. A romantic tale has it that a man named Edward Eyre Williams built the house for himself and wife Jessie Gibbon, after he proposed to her at Lake Como in Italy, naming the house in honour of the occasion.
The house still remains furnished with Armytage family furniture and provides a glimpse into the lives and times of a dynasty.