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Hawthorn Arts Centre

East | E03

This spectacular former town hall was built in 1888–1889 and designed in the Second Empire-style of architecture by John Beswicke. From its breathtaking front façade to the stunning art deco chandeliers in the Main Hall this is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings. The site underwent redevelopment and re-opened in 2013, transforming this grand Victorian building into a contemporary arts space, designed for performing and visual arts. The 1980s annexure to the building underwent further redevelopment in 2013 to create a purpose-designed facility for Council’s Youth Services department. This innovative space reflects best-practice design and fit-out to cater to the various programs delivered for the area’s young people, including IT stations, program rooms and a recording studio. Come and see for yourself how this sympathetic and innovative redevelopment has created a stunning venue for the delivery of arts and youth programs for the local community and beyond.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 11am-4pm

  • What's Open: Some parts

  • Tour Type: E03

  • Tour Details: Tours at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, running for 45minutes, in groups of20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Special Programming: Exhibition of photos from before and after the redevelopment. Town Hall Gallery exhibition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; and Community Project Wall exhibition: felt, by Victorian Feltmakers Inc.

  • Year Built: 1888-1890, 2012-2013

  • Transport: Stop 73: Burwood Rd/Glenferrie Rd on route 16.


360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn 3122, VIC


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