Collins Street Baptist Church
Architect: Joseph Reed 1860
City of Melbourne | C34
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.
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