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The Gables

Architect: Ussher and Kemp 1902

South | S14

Building Description

A notable Victorian-era Queen Anne style mansion, The Gables is located in Malvern’s Gascoigne Estate, known for its tree-lined streets and Federation houses. Originally built as private residence in 1902, the property has a rich history as a popular party venue from the 1920s.

The Gables was designed by Ussher & Kemp, renowned for their Federation architecture. Over the last century, the house has hosted weddings, celebrations, and 21st birthday parties from the 1920s to 1940s. Notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor was rumoured to have thrown a 21st birthday party for his girlfriend in the main ballroom.

The property retains all of its original features and layout, including fifteen traditionally-styled rooms, intricate period detailing and 16-foot ceilings, and parquetry flooring, chandeliers, leadlight windows, open fireplaces, a sweeping staircase, and a conservatory with feature window.

The impressive one-acre garden was designed by William Guilfoyle, landscape architect of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Much of the original layout remains today, including the hedge and 100-year-old cypress trees. The garden is also home to the area’s tallest Norfolk Island pine, which can be seen from the Rialto in the city.

What's On

Meet the Director, choose the self-guided our guided tour of the whole building and surrounds. The Tea Room will be open especially for Open House Melbourne, stay for the famous Devonshire Tea.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–4pm

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

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, running 30 minutes in groups of 12.

  • Access: Fully accessible, pram accessible, all ages.

  • Notes: Toilets available, refreshments available

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Architecture Era: Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)

  • Transport: Tram stop 58: Dandenong Rd/Derby Rd on route 3/3a

  • Photo Credit: Simon James

Location

15 Finch Street, Malvern East 3145, Malvern VIC

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