Add to Itinerary


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

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • 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

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1880

  • Website:

  • Transport: Stop 43: Orrong Rd/Balaclava Rd on routes 3, 16

  • Photo Credit: Anthony Basheer


2 Manor Grove, Caulfield North 3161, VIC


Save My Itinerary

You can save your itinerary for later by entering your email address and a password below. Then you can log in using other computers or devices like your smartphone, to access My Itinerary on the go.


Login to My Itinerary

Log in with your email address and password to access My Itinerary.

Forgot password?

Log Out