All Saints Church East St Kilda
Architect: Nathaniel Billing, Frederick Wyatt
South | S22
On the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, stepping into All Saints, with its large and generous dimensions, is like walking into a sensory oasis. Made of imposing bluestone, All Saints Church is the largest and one of the most decorated churches in Melbourne. Construction commenced in 1858, making 2018 the 160th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. Building works were completed in 1892. Throughout its life, the church has added to its extensive decorative scheme. Highlights include its detailed stencil work; a significant collection of 18th and 19th century French and Italian copies of the Masters; a large and exquisitely carved memorial screen; a pair of imposing gas lamps from St George’s Chapel Windsor; a 19th Century Venetian mosaic; and a life-size Crucifixion scene – the only work in Australia by English Arts and Crafts sculptor Alec Miller. Architectural features from the Gothic Revival, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, and a fine collection of English and German stained glass, all find their home within the church. Reflecting its on-going life, the church also features a collection of vestries and choir rooms rarely seen by the public.
Need to Know
Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm
What's Open: All parts of the building
Tour Type: S22
Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible
Building Type: Place of Worship
Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available
Special Programming: All Saints will highlight the purpose for which it was built with High Mass on Sunday at 10 am featuring the All Saints Choir, Melbourne’s earliest, continuous all-male choir. A display of vestments and church plate will be featured. A self-directed children’s ‘treasure hunt’ will be available highlighting some of the fine artefacts of the building.
Transport: Stop 42: Dandenong Rd on routes 78
Photo Credit: Rene Knaap
2 Chapel Street, St Kilda 3182, VIC