Free tours on Open House weekend

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Victorians will be able to inspect some of Melbourne’s finest buildings, with the free Open House weekend to be held on 26-27 July, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said today.

Around 100 buildings will be a part of Open House Melbourne, with nearly 30 new sites on the 2014 list. Included are several buildings in St Kilda, such as the Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda Library and Jewish Museum.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delighted to be associated with this event that is widely embraced by Melburnians and to help open even more doors this year,” Mr Guy said.

“Buildings such as Scots’ Church, which is a magnificent example of the decorated gothic style and was built by the father of the famous Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba – at one time a member of the church choir.

“Scots Church, Parliament and Government House are part of Open House Melbourne, which is a great opportunity for people to get out and discover how architecture and urban design contributes to Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

“Great cities don’t just happen; they require planning for transport, water storage, parks and social services. Melbourne’s architecture, urban design and heritage make an important contribution to the liveability of a city and the wellbeing of residents,” Mr Guy said.

Open House Melbourne is a not-for-profit organisation that has been running this free event for six years and it has grown significantly in this time – from eight buildings and 30,000 visitors in 2008 to 109 buildings and almost 130,000 visitors in 2013.

This year the event features new buildings and sites such as the Argus, Government House and Young and Jackson Hotel, as well as working infrastructure such as the Spencer Street Sub-Station, and new views of the city from Melbourne Central’s glass cone and shot tower.

As part of the Open House program, Mr Guy has even thrown open the doors of 1 Spring Street, the home of the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

“This is a great event and I encourage all Melburnians to take a fresh look at their city and its magnificent buildings,” Mr Guy said.

Further information on Open House Melbourne and its buildings is available at


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