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Hawthorn Arts Centre

John Beswicke, 1888-1889. Peddle Thorpe Architects 2013

This spectacular former Hawthorn Town Hall was built in 1888-89 and designed in the Second Empire-style of architecture by John Beswicke. From its breathtaking front façade to the stunning art deco chandeliers in the Main Hall, this is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings.

In 2013 Peddle Thorpe Architects redeveloped and reimagined the Town Hall into the Hawthorn Arts Centre – a contemporary arts space, designed for performing and visual art. It supports the creative life of Boroondara and beyond by presenting an annual arts program which includes community workshops, performances and events.

The building is also home to the purpose-designed facility for Council’s Youth Services department. This innovative space reflects best practice design and fit-out to cater for the various programs delivered for the area’s young people including IT stations, program rooms and a recording studio.

Photos: Courtesy of Hawthorn Arts Centre



Kids can have fun too this weekend and discover the buildings and treasures around Hawthorn.
Illustrated by William Ainger from Ainger Creative, for the City of Boroondara



Town Hall Gallery can now be experienced online. Browse selected past and current exhibitions, download an exhibition brochure and learn more about our art and artists.

Featuring local and international artists, landscape photography, local history and more, with more exhibitions added all the time.

Photo: Installation view of John Young Zerunge – The Lives of Celestials, Town Hall Gallery 2019. Photogrpahy by Christian Capurro


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