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Come on in: Open House Melbourne in Whitehorse

12 Jul 2018

Open House Melbourne comes to Whitehorse once again on Saturday 28 July, with the magnificent Box Hill Town Hall, historic Schwerkolt Cottage and the glorious Box Hill Community Arts Centre all open to the public from 2pm until 5pm.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Davenport said Open House Melbourne was the one time of the year that Melbourne threw open the doors to more than 200 significant buildings and sites, and Whitehorse was proud to be part of this major Melbourne event.

“This event allows people to learn about how the built environment and urban planning influence our culture and shape our future,” Cr Davenport said.

“Everyone is welcome to explore the buildings that help make Whitehorse a city of wonderful architecture and interiors. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy a great afternoon out at our beautifully maintained buildings full of history.”

Visit one or two sites or take the free bus that will leave at 2.30pm from Schwerkolt Cottage, then to Box Hill Town Hall and Box Hill Community Arts Centre. The bus will return to  Schwerkolt Cottage at 5pm. Limited seats are available. Bookings: 9262 6352.

Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Tours at 3pm and 4pm

Rich in history and built before WWII, this 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 Dean Bowen from 2pm-3pm and view his joyous exhibition Home is Where the Heart Is.

Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex, Deep Creek Rd, Mitcham
Tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

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
Tours at 3pm and 4pm

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.

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

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