Whitehorse City Council

Open House Melbourne 2019

Open House Melbourne - Explore the Town Hall!

We are delighted to announce that the Box Hill Town Hall will be open on Saturday & Sunday 27-28 July. for the 12th annual Open House Melbourne weekend.

Open House Melbourne enables people to visit significant buildings and sites across the city to learn about how the built environment and urban planning initiatives and issues influence our culture and shape our future.



Box Hill Town Hall

Architect: J.C Aisbett 1935
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Building Description

Box Hill Town Hall is a commanding landmark within the City of Whitehorse. Rich in history and built before WWII, the Box Hill Town Hall played a key role in the war effort for the local community. Today the building is described by the Heritage Review as ‘an excellent example of austere classical revival design applied to a major monumental public building.’ Box Hill Town Hall is of outstanding aesthetic, historical and social significance. The building houses a grand function hall and lower hall, several majestic meeting rooms, the Artspace Gallery and old Box Hill Council Chambers which are presented with their architectural design features preserved.

What's On

See the Old Council Chambers, the Meeting Rooms, Artspace, Main Hall and Lower Hall. Town Hall staff who provide tours on a regular basis will be leading the tours with former Council members and City Clerks on hand to regale with stories of the former City of Box Hill. Artspace Exhibition “Be Persuaded…Jane Austen” from Dressing Australia – Museum of Costume have extended this enchanting exhibition to be open for viewing. Visit the Collectables And Secondhand book stall on Sunday raising funds for Box Hill Historical Society.

Need to Know

Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided
Tour Details: Tours at 10.30am and 2pm running 40 minutes in groups of 40
Access: Fully accessible, all ages.
Notes: Toilets available
Building Type: Government
Architecture Era: Interwar (1919-1940)
Transport: Bus stop: Watts St on routes 270, 271, 279. Tram Route 109 stops just a short walk.