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St Michael’s Grammar School – Hewison House

Architect: Crouch and Wilson

South | S28

Hewison House is the main reception and administration office for St Michael’s Grammar School. Originally named ‘Rondebosch’, it was constructed in 1868. Hewison House is a two-storey villa with a colonnaded verandah and symmetrical façade with entablature. A central pediment over the verandah and balcony is supported by massive Doric columns on the ground-floor level and ionic columns above. Plain arched brackets and cast-iron balustrading decorate the balcony. Polygonal bays flank the central arched entrance. The two-storey wing on the south side of the building was added not long after construction. This wing contains what used to be a ballroom on the ground-floor level. Hewison House is of historic and architectural importance for the following reasons: as one of the most sophisticated and best surviving examples of villas in Melbourne in the 19th century; for its creative and distinctive Renaissance Revival architectural style reminiscent of the work of 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio; as a notable work of the architects Crouch and Wilson; and as an expression of the success and aspirations of a prominent member of the Jewish community, the merchant Israel Bloomington, in the 19th century.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 11am-2pm

  • What's Open: Ground Floor entrance, reception and Head of the School’s office, former ballroom

  • Special Note: No access to upper floors

  • Tour Type: S28

  • Tour Details: Tours at 11am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, running for 15minutes, in groups of6

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Special Programming: "1.00pm – Christopher Elliott Design: Hear from the Principal Designer of Christopher Elliott Design, on where he drew inspiration for the refurbishment of St Michael’s Grammar School’s, Hewison House. Christopher Elliott will reveal his thoughts on the design process, and on the importance, interior design can have on an individual or organisation."

  • Year Built: 1868

  • Transport: Tram stop: Chapel St/Dandenong Rd route 5 and 64

  • Photo Credit: Jack Lovel


25 Chapel Street, St Kilda 3182, VIC


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