Let's get out and explore Melbourne and experience part of her history.
Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city.
It gives people the opportunity to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.
The Weekend puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne, providing an opportunity for you to consider what makes Melbourne unique. The Weekend showcases buildings of significance in a free and accessible format so everyone can experience the value of good design and architecture, and consider what makes a liveable city.
I have lived in Melbourne all my life but have only visited a fraction of the buildings that have been opened. I have selected three that I think will be fun and informative to visit.
We start at the The Argus Building (http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/buildings/argus-building) was constructed between 1924 and 1926 as the modern new home for the Argus Newspaper. At its peak, the Argus Building was occupied by 700 staff.
We then move to The Myer Mural Hall (http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/buildings/myer-mural-hall). The Myer Mural Hall is decorated with ten murals paying homage to celebrated historical female figures renowned in various fields. They were created by Napier Waller [masked]), a leading neo-classical mural painter of the Inter-War period remastered the art of sketching and painting using his left arm after being wounded in in WWI.
The last building on the tour is The Old Treasury Building (http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/buildings/old-treasury-building). It is regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia. Its origins lie in the 1850s Victorian gold rush, which brought great wealth to Melbourne, and its construction between 1858 and 1862 was symbolic of the rapid development of the city at that time.
The last two buildings are self guided. The Argus Tours are guided and run every 15 minutes with 20 people per tour. So we need to meet at 9.45 sharp to grab a spot in the queue.
The BOM is predicting a chance of showers, so bring an umbrella. There is about 3.4 kms walking between buildings and of course some walking required in the buildings.
It has been suggested that we grab a bite to eat and / or coffee afterwards. For those who are interested we can find a nice place to sit down and have a chat and snack.