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Top 6 Classical Buildings to Visit During Open House Melbourne

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Published July 26th 2019
Open House Melbourne is finally here! With 200 significant private homes, commercial and civic buildings, infrastructure and landscape projects, you will be spoilt by so many choices.

Here we shortlist 6 Classical Buildings worth visiting in 2019:

The heritage-listed homestead built in the mid-1850s is the oldest surviving Victorian-style homestead in Melton. It is a rare example of an intact building from the original era of farming in the area. Now it is served as the headquarters of the Melton Historical Society, and the centrepiece of The Willows Historical Park.

Visitors can explore the gardens, throw a picnic, and view the exterior of other heritage buildings.

Open: 27 & 28 July 12pm–4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided
Address: 3a Reserve Rd, Melton VIC 3337, Australia

Take a journey back to 1890 by following a guided tour of the heritage-listed Malvern House, a two-storey mansion built for the late prominent politician, Sir John Mark Davies. The 40-room family house was converted into flats called Valentines Mansions after the original owner suffered losses from 1893 banking crisis. Malvern Grammar School opened in 1924 and then incorporated into Caulfield Grammar School in 1960. The impressive building is a rare example of a surviving large-scale Italianate mansion in Melbourne.

Open: 27 July 10am–1pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided
Tour Details: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm (40 minutes, maximum 12 persons per session)
Address: 5 Willoby Ave, Glen Iris VIC 3146, Australia

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Malvern House. Photo Credit: L. Collins

The museum is one of Melbourne's most significant and grandest Victorian-era buildings. The Customs House was transformed into the Immigration Museum in 1998. Find out more by joining the guided tours.

Open: 27 & 28 July 10am–5pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided Open Entry, Self-guided
Tour Details: 11am, 1pm and 3pm, running 40 minutes in groups of 20.
Address: 20 Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

This is a must-visit as it is not normally open to the public. Ten murals by renowned artist Napier Waller (1893–1972) and pair of 'mannequin stairs' are the main attractions of the Mural Hall.

The Myer Emporium was one of the largest merchandising enterprise in the British Empire. The Mural Hall, a large rectangular space with a decorative plaster ceiling and balconies and wall panels in a Streamline Moderne style, was completed in 1933.

Open: 28 July 10am–3.45pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided
Address: Level 6, 314-336 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne VIC

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Courtesy of Myer Mural Hall

The morgue is the oldest surviving in Melbourne and the first morgue erected in Victoria. It was in operation until 1921. The Georgian-style structure has unique features as it has only two doors: the entrance and a door that opened onto the water.

The Seaworks Maritime Museum volunteers will guide the visitors. The museum will be opened on both days.

Open: 27 & 28 July 11am–3.30pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided
Tour Details: depart every 15 minutes, running 15 minutes in groups of 15
Address: 82 Nelson Pl, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

Ivalda, one of Victoria's longest-running Freemason Lodges, was built in 1924 as a central grand temple for three Lodges – Ivanhoe, Darebin and Alphington. Designed by architect B Dunstan Reynolds and built by W.H.J. Bailey, it follows the symbolic Masonic style. The Centre is listed by the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Currently, it is utilised by 25 different Lodge groups and two Women's Quilting Groups.

The tour guides will lead the tour explaining a brief history and the significance of this masonic centre.

Open: 28 July 10am–4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided
Tour Details: starts every 20 minutes, running 15 minutes in groups of 6.
Address: 40 Salisbury Avenue, Ivanhoe 3079, Ivanhoe VIC

For more information, do check Open House Melbourne. Don't forget to tag #OHMweekend and #OpenHouseMelbourne if you would like to share your photos.
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When: 27 & 28 July 2019
Phone: 61 386488612
Where: Various venues
Cost: Most offered free guided tour and admission fees
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