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
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
Year Built: 1867 and 1878
Transport: Stop 37: Toorak Station on route 72.
Photography Restricted: Yes
10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak 3142, VIC