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Kew Court House

Architect: G.W. Watson 1888

City of Boroondara | B06

Building Description

A former court house and police station, this 1888 building on the edge of Kew Junction has had a colourful past. Connected to a former post office the site was a functioning court house until 1971 and police station until 1982. A passionate community campaign, led by the Kew Historical Society, commenced in 2006 to save the site from developers, with the campaign raising over $500,000. The City of Boroondara purchased the site from the State Government in 2007 and with the assistance of the fundraising campaign and numerous grants redeveloped the site into an arts venue which opened in 2011. In 2012 the redevelopment project won the State Planning Minister’s Heritage Award in recognition of the outstanding restoration of the building and also the Sustainable Cities’ Community Government Partnerships Award. The venue now boasts an intimate 80-seat black box theatre, meeting room and is home to resident community groups including QArts, Kew Historical Society and e.motion21.

What's On

During Open House Melbourne visitors can explore the history of the venue including the cell block and view the latest exhibition by Kew Historical Society.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 11am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Tours at 11.30am and 2pm 60 minutes in groups of 20.

  • Access: Fully accessible, all ages.

  • Notes: Toilets available

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Tram stop 34: QPO on route 109.

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Boroondara

Location

188 High Street, Kew 3101, Kew VIC

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