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Laurel Lodge, Heritage Hill

Architect: Robert Huckson

City of Greater Dandenong | GD04

Built in 1869 by noted building contractor Robert Huckson – who was also the owner – Laurel Lodge is Dandenong’s reminder of the 19th century. Laurel Lodge is a two-storey rendered-brick house, with a single-storey return veranda and a hipped roof. The design is similar to the Italianate provincial villas and the ‘Chinoiserie’ style popular at the time. Throughout the years it has undergone numerous phases of alterations, with major works carried out in the 1920s to replace the original roof structure. The two-acre property has a generous setback from the street and originally included a two-storey stable and tennis court, which were demolished when the property was subdivided in 1936. In the front stand large Moreton Bay Fig trees, along with beautiful gardens that reflect the fashions and designs across the years. Robert Huckson rented the property to Miss Matilda, who established a private ladies’ school from 1870–1884, and from 1884–1971, Laurel Lodge was a residence for prominent local families. The property was sold to the Dandenong City Council in 1971 and opened to the Dandenong public in 1972.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: GD04

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, running for 40minutes, in groups of15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: View an Artist in Residence Showcase exhibition of painting and video artworks by Kieren Seymour, Naomi Bishop and Lisa DiPilla. Programmed heritage exhibitions will showcase the history of the region alongside items sourced from the City of Greater Dandenong Civic Collection, Springvale and District Historical Society, Dandenong Historical Society and private collections. The exhibition ‘Make Do to Renew’ on display at Benga draws on the experience of our grandparents to recycle and reuse. ‘Boundless Plains to Share’ on display at Laurel Lodge explores the settlement patterns of the area from early migration to more recent arrivals.

  • Year Built: 1869

  • Transport: Bus stop: Foster St on routes 828, 844.


51 Langhorne St, Dandenong 3175, VIC


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