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Kew Court House

East | E02

A former courthouse and police station, this 1888 building on the edge of Kew Junction has had a colourful past. Connected to a former post office the site was a functioning courthouse until 1971, and police station until 1982. A passionate community campaign, led by the Kew Historical Society, commenced in 2006 to save the site from developers, with the campaign raising over $500,000. The City of Boroondara purchased the site from the State Government in 2007 and – with the assistance of the fundraising campaign and numerous grants – redeveloped the site into an arts venue, which opened in 2011. In 2012 the redevelopment project won the State Planning Minister’s Heritage Award in recognition of the outstanding restoration of the building and also the Sustainable Cities’ Community Government Partnerships Award. The venue now boasts an intimate 80-seat black-box theatre, a meeting room, and is home to resident community groups including QArts, Kew Historical Society and e.motion21. During Open House Melbourne visitors can explore the history of the venue including the cell block.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 11am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Programming: Walking Tour with Kew Historical Society at 12.30pm and exhibition of photos from before and after the redevelopment.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 1887-1888, 2010

  • Transport: Tram Stop 34: QPO on route 109.

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

Location

188 High St, Kew 3101, VIC

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