Architect: John A. B. Koch.
South | S21
Labassa is an outstanding Victorian-era mansion with opulent architectural features. Originally called ‘Sylliott Hill’, it was renamed ‘Ontario’ in the 1880s reflecting the Canadian heritage of its new owner Alexander William Robertson. Robertson was a prominent Melbourne businessman who was a co-owner Cobb and Co. company. He had the mansion redeveloped in the French Second Empire style by commissioning the German-born architect, John A. B. Koch, to remodel the house into a 35-roomed mansion. The interior features gilt embossed wallpapers, ornate stained glass and a rare trompe l’oeil ceiling. Renamed Labassa in 1904, it was home to Melbourne’s elite until 1920 when it was divided into flats. The residents included Hollywood’s most famous Australian silent-film star and other colourful bohemians. Labassa is the most lavish of the few surviving 19th century mansions and the magnificently restored interiors of the main rooms again impress all its visitors.
Need to Know
Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 11am-4pm
What's Open: The Drawing Room, Boudoir, Dining Room, Music Room, Smoking Room and Bedrooms.
Special Note: No food or drink allowed inside the house
Tour Type: S21
Access: Limited mobility
Building Type: Cultural
Year Built: 1880
Transport: Stop 43: Orrong Rd/Balaclava Rd on routes 3, 16
Photo Credit: Anthony Basheer
Photography Restricted: Yes
2 Manor Grove, Caulfield North 3161, VIC