Scots' Church and Assembly Hall

Architect: Reed & Barnes

City of Melbourne | C12

The Scots' Church, Melbourne, was first founded in 1838, however in 1869, the congregation decided to build a new church. This new church was designed by the notable architects, Reed and Barnes. It was built by David Mitchell, who was the father of the famous Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba, at one time a member of the choir. The church is known for its austere interior, including fine timber fittings and magnificent stained glass windows. The style of the church is Decorated Gothic, which is somewhat unusual among Presbyterian church buildings. The church spire is 37 metres high and was, for many years, the highest point in the city. The Assembly Hall was designed by Henry H. Kemp and was built by Swanson Bros in 1914-15 on the site of the old church manse. The rear of the building was added circa 1935. From the street view, the facade, return and tower are rock-faced sandstone with dressed stone mouldings. The hall is a late example of Gothic Revival architecture. The careful attention paid by the architect to style, materials and massing has resulted in a building that harmonises with the neighbouring church and is an integral part of the surrounding streetscape.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • Special Note: Full disabled access (for Church enter at rear)

  • Tour Type: Self Guided

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1869

  • Tram Stops: Stop 8: Collins St/Exhibition St on routes 11, 12, 48 and 109.


156 Collins St Corner Collins and Russell Melbourne 3000, VIC