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The Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre

Architect: Beswick and Hutchins, William Ross Architects

City of Greater Dandenong | GD02

Built in 1890, The Dandenong Town Hall is a superb example of a Victorian 19th century Town Hall. The building was designed by popular architects, Beswick and Hutchins, whose other credits include Brighton, Malvern, Essendon and Hawthorn Town Halls. Originally built as a combined Shire Hall and Mechanics Institute, it also fulfilled the role of a public hall, courthouse, local library, and council chambers. It has witness numerous celebrations, ceremonies, and public meetings throughout its 128-year history. In 2006, the Dandenong Town Hall was reimagined and redeveloped into the 521-seat Drum Theatre, designed by William Ross Architects. The original façade is a distinctive reminder of its history. The Drum Theatre is now an anchor for the city’s vibrant arts community and attracts diverse audiences. The Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre is an outstanding marriage of old and new architecture, which provides of sense of place in Greater Dandenong. It is the recipient of numerous awards including the Master Builders Association, Victorian Chapter, Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings 2006; Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter, Public Building Award 2007; South East Development Awards, Chairman’s Premier Award and Best Conservation Award 2007; and Australian Property Institute Award for Excellence 2008.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: GD02

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, running for 60 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Special Programming: 11am join a Lecture: The Grand Old Lady of Dandenong and backstage guided tour by a leading Technician.

  • Year Built: 1890, 2006

  • Transport: Bus stop: Langhorne Place on routes 802, 811, 843, 845, 849, 850.


226 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong 3175, VIC


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