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Open House Melbourne Set to Be Immensely Successful this Year

Open House Melbourne has been an incredibly successful and popular event in the city for several years now. This year, the event is set for July 27-28 and is believed to be equally successful. Architecture enthusiasts have always loved Melbourne’s historic buildings and Open House Melbourne provides them a unique opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful buildings in the city in close proximity. During this event as many as 111 buildings will welcome the public, allowing them to enjoy the amazing designs and architecture of the building.

Some of the iconic buildings that will be a part of Open House Melbourne are:

131-141 Queen Street

Dating back over a century, this beautiful building has a lot of history and equally impressive architecture. The ten storey high building had once been home to the Amateur Sports Club and the Victorian Club and has been put to several different uses over the years since its construction. The first floor of the building has a balcony overlooking the Queen Street. This building became well known for the Great Bookie Robbery that took place here in the year 1976. More information about this robbery can be found at the roof top garden of the building that also houses the Turf Bar.

Manchester Unity Building

Located on Collins Street, the Manchester Unity Building is perhaps the most well recognized buildings in Melbourne. It was the site of the first ever escalator in the city and has an iconic architecture and artistic details that have long since been regarded as the city’s best.

Como House and Garden

Open House Melbourne will also provide public access to the beautiful Como House and Garden located in South Yarra, one of the most exclusive suburbs of the city. The property not only has a stunning architecture that combines classic Italian and Australian Regency elements but also a romantic history attached to it. It is believed that the Como House was built by Edward Eyre Williams in 1847 for Jessie Gibbon, his wife, after proposing marriage to her in Italy at Lake Como. The home has been named after Lake Como for marking that proposal. It is home to exquisite family furniture and artifacts.

Old Treasury Building

Regarded as one of the best buildings from the 19th century in not just Melbourne but also the country, this Old Treasury Building on Spring Street is said to be haunted by spirits and was constructed at the time of the Victorian Gold Rush