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Northbrook and Former Stables

Architect: Charles Abraham D'Ebro

South | S17

Northbrook is a Victorian Italianate villa built in 1888–1889 to the design of architect Charles D’Ebro. The house was originally set on 2.5 acres of gardens facing High Street and included a 160-square-metre ballroom, timber outbuildings and brick stables. Northbrook features a small portico with pressed-metal ceiling, elaborate mouldings and a balustrade parapet. The black-and-white marble floor of the entrance foyer leads to the main vaulted vestibule, featuring heavily panelled timber walls, a large over mantle with inlet mirrors and detailed encaustic tiles in the fire surround. The two smaller vestibules leading into the Morning and Dining Rooms, feature elaborate, stencilled-andgilded vaulted ceilings with cherubs. The Drawing Room and adjacent Morning Room feature elaborate cornices, ceilings, centre roses and over mantles, as well as French doors. The Dining Room also features timber panelling, as well as three built-in sideboards and a large over mantle. The building has been owned by the Council since the mid–1940s, and the Stonnington History Centre has occupied the building since 2008. A branch of the Library and Information Services, the Centre maintains the extensive Council Archives, and since 2016 the Northbrook ballroom has been used as a pop-up gallery.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sun 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: Yes, however, visitors are not permitted to take photos of children or City of Stonnington employees.

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, running for 20 minutes, in groups of 10

  • Special Programming: History Archives Centre: The collection includes photographs, letters dating back to the 1850s, building and subdivision plans, maps, rate records and much more. The exhibition ‘Streets where we live: from Crown land to conservation’ will be on view in the Ballroom Pop-up Gallery. Northbrook, Stables and the historical collection, which includes books, journal articles, photographs, building plans, maps, subdivision plans, rate records, newspapers, research notes and general local history information.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Year Built: 1888

  • Transport: Tram stop 45: De La Salle College on route 6

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

Location

1257 High St, Malvern 3144, VIC

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