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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Carmelite Hall

Architect: A.A. Fritsch

South | S27

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has stood in Middle Park since 1891, with its current form completed and opened by Archbishop Mannix in 1927. The architect, Augustus Andrew Fritsch, was renowned for building a number of churches in Victoria in the distinctive red-and-buff brick Romanesque style. The large windows and generous proportions of Mount Carmel Church allow plenty of light and warmth. The church has several exceptional features including beautiful stained-glass windows designed by the German artist F.X. Zettler, a pipe organ built by Frederick Taylor in 1907, and a sculpture of Our Lady of Mount Carmel carved by Robert Prenzel in wood and sheathed in copper. This sculpture was one of three that Prenzel produced in his lifetime and the only one signed by the artist. The Carmelite Hall was designed by A. A Fritsch. The foundation stone was laid in 1918 by Archbishop Mannix and the Hall was considered one of the finest in Australia. Its most distinctive features are the highly decorated proscenium arch over the stage, complete with Irish motifs, and a sloped stage. The Hall also houses the Carmelite Library, the largest specialist spirituality library in Australia.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 11am-4pm & Sun 1-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Details: Tours starting at 11.30am Saturday and 1.30pm Sunday, running for 25 minutes, in groups of 12. Tours run intermittently throughout the day.

  • Special Programming: On 28 July, there will be two organ concerts held in the Church - one at 1pm and the other at 3:30 pm. On 29 July, there will be a vocal performance by the Timorese theology students held in the church at 3pm.

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Transport: Tram stop: Richardson St/Mills St on route 12

  • Photo Credit: Michael Silver, Photonet Gallery

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

Location

214-216 Richardson Street, Middle Park 3206, VIC

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