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St Mary’s House of Welcome

Architect: Six Degrees

City of Yarra | Y05

Located in the heart of Fitzroy, St Mary’s House of Welcome is an Open Access Centre for people who are experiencing homelessness, social isolation, and mental health issues. St Mary’s House of Welcome was designed in 2009 by Six Degrees Architects. Behind the heritage listed façade, the building is a light-filled, contemporary space. The award winning architectural design provides a welcoming and comfortable place for disadvantaged people. Facilities include a commercial kitchen that serves over 42,000 meals per year, showers, activities rooms and office space. With large glass walls, most areas downstairs enjoy a view of the courtyard garden – a relaxing oasis hidden from the street view. Prior to the renovation, the building was largely unchanged since its humble beginnings in the 1960s as a soup kitchen run by the Daughters of Charity. When clients first saw the redevelopment, one person said, “Is this really for us?” They couldn’t believe that the spectacular building had been created for their use and enjoyment. We hope you will enjoy it too.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Ground level and first level will be open. Office spaces will not be open to the public.

  • Tour Type: Y05

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1885, 2009

  • Website:

  • Transport: Stop 14: Hanover St on route 11.

  • Photo Credit: Patrick Rodriguez


165-169 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065, VIC


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