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Como House and Garden

Architect: Original architect unknown, AE Johnson

South | S05

Como House and Garden is an imposing and essentially late-Georgian-style mansion which was erected in three stages, firstly as a brick house in 1847 – for Edward E. Williams, Colonial Advocate. The central two-storey brick-and-stucco mansion was undertaken in 1855 for John Brown, with the ballroom wing added in 1874 for the pastoralist Charles Armytage. Como is a building of national importance and one of the finest monuments to the mid-Victorian era in Australia. The splendidly proportioned symmetrical mansion – with its distinctive verandah, restrained classical details and comfortable, well-crafted interiors – is a rare and evocative example of late-Georgian architecture in Victoria. Como is held in perpetuity on behalf of the nation by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and is preserved as a museum house, complete with many of the original Armytage furnishings.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: The house, the servants quarters and gardens.

  • Special Note: No food or drink allowed inside the house

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility access

  • Year Built: 1847

  • Transport: Stop 34: Williams Rd on routes 58

  • Photo Credit: Anthony Basheer

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra 3141, VIC

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