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Collins Street Baptist Church

Architect: Joseph Reed 1860

City of Melbourne | C34

Building Description

The current Collins St Baptist Church sanctuary was designed by Joseph Reed, architect of the nearby Town Hall, and reflects the Baptist understanding of the church as a community of believers, rather than a sacred building. Its striking external columns are reminiscent of classical architecture, and its seating plans draws on town hall, rather than cathedral, design. The narthex / foyer area was constructed as part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Outside, the glass enclosing the Verandah Cafe was erected in 2008. This space now reflects the church’s commitment to hospitality and greater engagement with the city at large. The vibrant plant life provides an oasis in the city landscape.

What's On

Self-guide tour through theCollins St Baptist Church with members from the community available answer questions.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–3.30pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Access: Limited mobility, all ages.

  • Notes: Toilets available

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Tram stop 11: Collins St/Swanston St on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 48, 64, 67, 72 and 109

  • Photo Credit: Geoff Maddock


174 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne VIC


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