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Open House

 

Open Houses

12 Members set out to visit a selection of " Open Houses"  starting with The Victorian Artists Society. The Society commenced in 1870 with a membership that included Artists Streeton, Condor, Roberts, etc. Dame  Nellie Melba's Conservatorium was a tenant from 1898 to 1952.
Then to the the Royal Society of Victoria. This institution was established in the early 1850s to promote science. The Society is probably best known for the funding of the Burke and Wills expedition. The building has under gone many extensions over the years, including the construction of the first tiered lecture theatre, still in use today, with many and frequent lectures still held today.
Next, ANZAC House. The home to the RSL since the 1930's. The RSL is currently celebrating 100 years of service to Australia's veteran community. This is the first time that the RSL has opened, to the public, their state headquarters.
Lunch at Chine on Paramount in China Town was interesting.
Onto Gordon House. This building was established in 1883 by Gordon Coppin ( who among projects built Sorrento's Continental Hotel) to provide family lodgings for respectable poor working class families. Accommodating  some 400 people. The building has gone through many changes over the years and is now operated by Quest, with about 30 privately owned units. Gordon House was one of Melbourne's first high rise ( at 4 floors) apartment towers.
By now we were down to 6 happy members. We headed, on Clive's suggestion, to the State Library and Queen's Hall, also built around the 1850's, when Melbourne had money. Queen's Hall is quite spectacular but will now be closed for several years for a major refurbishment. Whilst in the State Library the current art exhibition of works by William Strutt visited.
Then it was home for a quiet rest, with thoughts of return visits, especially to The Victorian Society and The Royal Society.