Mission to Seafarers Victoria
Architect: Walter Butler
Docklands | D01
The Spanish Mission/Arts and Crafts-style building complex was designed by Walter Butler. It was constructed in 1917, with the addition of the Norla Dome completed in 1919. The funds to build the complex came from fundraising by the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild (established in 1906), and a government grant. The building is significant for operating with its original purpose as a mission to the welfare of seafarers for 100 years. The historical Mission complex is architecturally significant as being a fine urban example of the Arts and Crafts Style in Melbourne. Before coming to Australia, Walter Butler was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement in his native England. He was a popular society architect in Melbourne, and designed many fine houses in Toorak. Today the complex consists of the St Peter, the Mariner Chapel, an extensive clubroom and administration area, the Chaplain’s house, a small cottage, and the Norla Dome. The Norla Dome was originally built as a gymnasium for visiting seafarers to maintain their fitness whilst onshore, and now serves as a unique and versatile events space.
Need to Know
Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm
What's Open: All parts of the building
Tour Type: D01
Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility
Building Type: Workplace
Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available
Special Programming: The Offshore and Specialist Ships Australia (OSSA) will be holding a special exhibition in the Norla Dome of ship models and will be available to discuss.
Year Built: 1917
Transport: Tram Stop D5: South Wharf/Wurundjeri Way on routes 35, 70, 75.
717 Flinders St, 3008, VIC