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Malvern Town Hall

Architect: Wilson and Beswicke, Crouch and Wilson, Hudson and Wardrop and William Ross

South | S16

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Malvern Town Hall is one of Melbourne’s iconic town halls and is historically significant as a demonstration of the civic pride and post-gold-rush wealth of the late 19th century, when the population of many suburbs was increasing, resulting in the construction of grand public buildings to cater for growing municipal needs. Today the Malvern Town Hall accommodates a diverse range of cultural, social, civic, and fashion events and festivals. The Hon. Alfred Deakin (later Australia’s second Prime Minister) laid the foundation stone in 1885 on the highest point of the municipality, at over 30 metres above sea level. The building features two towers in the French Second Empire Style with fish-scale slates, circular vents, elaborate lead-work and cast-iron walks. The terrazzo floor, marble walls, and central marble staircase are a feature of the foyer. This leads to the upper lounge which has a similarly elaborate, coffered ceiling and plaster pilasters. The Town Hall retains its original pendant lights and has a vaulted ceiling, with Adam Brothers-style swags and urns decorating the curved sides of the vaults. The proscenium and rear gallery both feature cast plaster City of Malvern crests. The Banquet Hall features an ornamental coffered ceiling, cast plaster and a cast of the City of Malvern crest. The Council Chamber features Queensland maple furnishings and panelled dado, and a tiered gallery and vaulted ceiling.

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  • Open: Thursday 1 January 12:30pm-1:30pm - Booking required for this building

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: S16

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  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 12.30pm, running for 60minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Government

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1885, 1890, 1926, 1996, 2016

  • Transport: Tram stop 44: Glenferrie Rd on route 6


Corner of High St and Glenferrie Rd, Malvern 3144, VIC


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