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Old High Court open for Open House
03 July 2017
The Supreme Court will open the old High Court building to the public on Sunday 30 July, from 10am to 4pm, as part of the Open House Melbourne festival.
Completed in 1928, the old High Court building served as the first purpose-built home of the High Court of Australia. Designed by John Smith Murdoch, the Commonwealth’s Chief Architect at the time, the building represents an attempt to establish a more modern and dignified national style for Australian public buildings.
The symmetrical red brick building characterises the clean lines associated with Stripped Classical style and reflects Murdoch’s interest in the Beaux-Arts principle of design. The building was planned as a series of pavilions linked by corridors, with the interior detailing featuring art deco characteristics, coffered ceilings and Australian timber panelling.
As well as self-touring the building/courtrooms and chatting to court staff, visitors are invited to attend a public talk that will be hosted in courtroom 1:
2pm to 2.30pm: Art deco – architecture and history of the old High Court building
Join Robin Grow, renowned expert in Art Deco architecture from the Art Deco and Modernism Society, in discussion with Joanne Boyd, Supreme Court Archives and Records Manager, as they talk about the history and architectural style of the old High Court building. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Supreme Court of Victoria
Old High Court
450 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Open: 10am to 4pm, Sunday 30 July 2017