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Whitehorse joins Open House Melbourne for the first time

13 Jul 2017

For the first time, significant architectural buildings in Whitehorse are part of the Open House Melbourne program on Saturday 29 July.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Denise Massoud said history buffs, architectural enthusiasts and lovers of great design delighted in the popular Open House Melbourne program each winter.

“Open Melbourne has always been about exploring impressive buildings throughout the CBD and other parts of Melbourne and now participants can visit some of Whitehorse’s most iconic buildings, full of beauty and history,” Cr Massoud said.

The doors will be open for the public to enjoy free access to the magnificent Box Hill Town Hall, historic Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex and the glorious Box Hill Community Arts Centre on the day.

“Come along and explore the buildings that help make Whitehorse a city of wonderful architecture and interiors. This is a great chance to welcome visitors to Whitehorse as well as locals interested in a great day out,” Cr Massoud said.

Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Open 10am-4pm

Rich in history and built before WWII, this is the ‘Grand Old Dame’ of the suburb and is a superb example of classical revival design. It houses a grand function hall and lower hall, majestic meeting rooms and the old Box Hill Council Chambers.
Housed within the Box Hill Town Hall is the Whitehorse Artspace. As part of special programming for Open House Melbourne, the Artspace offers the chance to meet artist Pamela Irving at 1pm and 3pm. Pamela’s inspiring and creative exhibition, Irreverent Tales, is currently showing at the Artspace

Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex, Deep Creek Rd, Mitcham

Open 2pm-5pm

Built in 1884, Schwerkolt Cottage is an original pioneer’s stone cottage restored to its original condition and furnished in the style of the period. Explore the delightful cottage, barn, wine cellar, smokehouse, and the orchard and machinery shed.


Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St, Box Hill


This purpose-built creative space was completed and opened in 1990 and boasts an artistically striking design. The building makes remarkable use of natural light and the exterior blends wonderfully with beautiful open gardens showcasing local community art. The centre has become a focus for cultural and creative activity within the City of Whitehorse, winning architectural and lifestyle awards in the process.

Special programming activities throughout the day can also be enjoyed including displays and demonstrations.

A 45 minute tour of the building begins at 11.45am for 25 people and can be booked via www.openhousemelbourne.org Bookings open Monday 17 July 8:30am and a small booking fee applies.

For more information about Open House Melbourne, visit www.openhousemelbourne.org

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