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Mandeville Hall

Architect: Joseph Reed and Charles Webb

South | S12

Mandeville Hall has been described as “one of the most lavishly decorated of Melbourne’s 19th century mansions”. It is of architectural significance as one of the best examples of the fine town houses built in fashionable Toorak during the late 1870s for Victoria’s wealthy pastoralists, businessmen, and professional men and their families. It has historical significance as a manifestation of the wealth of the affluent and socially prominent Clarke family, as well as aesthetic significance for its interiors, which provide a remarkable record of 19th century interior decoration tastes and skills. The 13 acres of land on the north-east corner of Orrong and Malvern Roads, Toorak, were purchased in 1867 by Alfred Watson, a soft-goods tradesman who had a mansion erected known as St George. In 1877, the new owner, Joseph Clarke, commissioned architect Charles Webb to enlarge the original home. Webb also designed the Melbourne Town Hall, Royal Arcade, and Emerald Hill (South Melbourne) Town Hall. The English firm of Gillow and Co. designed and furnished the interiors. The front rooms are described as “the most intact and significant example in Australia of an interior influenced by the contemporary Aesthetic Movement”.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 2pm-3pm - Booking required for this building

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Entrance Hall, Stair Hall, Reception (Drawing) Room, Oak Parlour (Dining Room), Indian Room, Chapel

  • Special Note: Strictly no touching any walls or furniture unless permitted by the guide

  • Tour Type: S12

  • 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 2.00pm, running for 60minutes, in groups of 25

  • Access: Able bodied access only

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1867 and 1878

  • Transport: Stop 37: Toorak Station on route 72.


10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak 3142, VIC


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