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Lowther Hall (Earlsbrae Hall)

Architect: Lawson and Grey

West | W06

Lowther Hall, a monumental collonaded Corinthian Classic Revival mansion, stands on reduced grounds in Leslie Road, Essendon. It was originally called Earlesbrae Hall and erected in 1890 for wealthy Melbourne brewer, Collier McCracken. The architects were Lawson and Grey and the builder, WK Noble. The Mansion, with impressive Corinthian colonnade and Classical detail, is a unique Classic Revival design in Victoria and the finest of the few documented works of architects Lawson and Grey. The structure is notable for the high quality of materials and finishes, and the elaborate and well-crafted interior spaces. The two-storey brick structure is rendered and decorated with modelled stucco. Earlsbrae Hall was, for many years, the residence of celebrated eccentric and Coles’ Book Arcade founder, EW Cole. The property was bought by the Melbourne Diocese of the Anglican Church to found a school, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, named after Archbishop Henry Lowther Clarke who oversaw its purchase. The House or Mansion, as it became known, remains the central structure of the School. Today, Lowther Hall has a reputation for providing a well-rounded education for girls in an intimate environment of 800 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. It is a diverse, open-entry school where students are known and well-catered for from their very first day.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am-2pm

  • What's Open: All original rooms

  • Tour Details: Tours as needed, running for 15minutes, in groups of 15

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 1890

  • Transport: Essendon Station.

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

Location

17 Leslie Rd, Essendon 3040, VIC

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