Whitehorse City Council

Open House Melbourne 2018

Open House Melbourne - Explore the Town Hall and more!

We are delighted to announce that the City of Whitehorse has three venues in the Open House Melbourne program.  The Box Hill Town Hall, the Box Hill Community Arts Centre and Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex will be open on Saturday 28 July.

The 11th annual Open House Melbourne weekend will be the largest program ever presented. 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.

A free bus will leave at 2.30pm from Schwerkolt Cottage, going to the Box Hill Town Hall then Box Hill Community Arts Centre and returning to Schwerkolt Cottage at 5pm. Limited seats are available so book early on 9262 6352.

See below for information on all three venues.



Box Hill Town Hall

1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Open 2pm-5pm. Guided tours 3pm and 4pm.

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.’

The building houses a grand function hall and lower hall, majestic meeting rooms and old Box Hill Council Chambers with architectural design features preserved.

Special Programming: Whitehorse Artspace Exhibition - Guests to the Town Hall are encouraged to visit the art gallery which features Dean Bowen's stunning exhibition 'Home Is Where The Heart Is'. Bowen will be presenting a free floor talk and will chat with visitors from 2pm to 3pm.


Box Hill Community Arts Centre 

470 Station Street, Box Hill
Open 2pm-5pm.  Guided tours 3pm and 4pm.

During the 1980’s, as a result of immense petitioning by the local community, the then Box Hill City Council granted permission for a venue purely devoted to creativity, arts and craft.  The vacated Box Hill Electricity Depot acted as a community arts venue from 1987 until a new purpose-built design was opened in October 1990.

A thriving creative community was the outcome and the popularity of the centre today is testament to the foresight of the architects and the vision of Council and the community. Surrounding the light filled building are beautiful open garden spaces filled with mosaics and stunning art pieces by the local community. The setting provides tranquil spaces for reflection and creativity. The Gallery provides support for local community artists as well as showcasing professional exhibitions from national and international artists.

The centre offers a wide range of activities for adults and children during school terms, and a variety of art and craft activities during the school holidays. Box Hill Community Arts Centre is also home to many local arts and community groups and is a meeting place where people from all walks of life can come together to enjoy the arts.


Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex 

Deep Creek Road, Mitcham
Open 2pm to 5pm. Guided tours 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Built in 1884, Schwerkolt Cottage is an original pioneer’s stone cottage. The cottage has been restored to its original condition and furnished in the style of the period. The cottage, named after August and Paulina Schwerkolt, who migrated from Germany as newlyweds in 1849, was built from materials found mostly on the site.

Visitors can explore the delightful cottage, barn, wine cellar, smokehouse, the orchard and machinery shed. This popular attraction is open to the community on weekends.