The Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre

Architect: Beswick and Hutchins, William Ross Architects

City of Greater Dandenong | GD02

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Built in 1890, The Dandenong Town Hall is a superb example of a Victorian 19th century Town Hall. The building was designed by popular architects, Beswick and Hutchins, whose other credits include Brighton, Malvern, Essendon, and Hawthorn Town Halls. Originally built as a combined Shire Hall and Mechanics Institute, it also fulfilled the role of a public hall, court house, local library, and council chambers. It has witnessed numerous celebrations, ceremonies, and public meetings throughout its 127-year history. In 2006, Dandenong Town Hall was reimagined and redeveloped into the 521-seat Drum Theatre, designed by William Ross Architects. The original façade is a distinctive reminder of its history. The Drum Theatre is now an anchor for the city’s vibrant arts community and attracts diverse audiences. The Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre is an outstanding marriage of old and new architecture, which provides a sense of place for Greater Dandenong. It is the recipient of numerous awards including the Master Builders Association Victoria, Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings 2006; Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter, Public Building Award 2007; South East Development Awards, Chairman’s Premier Award and Best Building Conservation Award 2007; and Australian Property Institute Award for Excellence 2008.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am - 10pm & Sun 10am - 4pm - Booking required for this building

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • What's Open: Foyer, auditorium, backstage (all areas)

  • Tour Type: Pre-booked & self-guided

    Book here (Saturday)

    Book here (Sunday)

  • Special Programming: Lecture: The Marriage of Architecture: The Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre The Grand Old Lady of Dandenong Tours: Guided Tours Evening Tour (Saturday night only) Night at Drum Theatre

  • Building Type: Cultural

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

  • Year Built: 1890, 2006

  • Tram Stops: Bus stop: Langhorn Pl on routes 802, 811, 843, 845, 849, 850.


226 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong 3175, VIC


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