Open House Bendigo 2019
Bendigo is opening closed doors for a peek inside some of its top buildings.
Architecture aficionados and self-confessed sticky-beaks, listen up. The historic city of Bendigo, located an easy two-hour drive from Melbourne, will throw the doors open on some of its top buildings again this year, for one weekend this month. Across October 26–27, locals and visitors will get the chance to see inside spaces that are generally closed to the public.
A boom town during the gold rush period, Bendigo is home to a rich architectural heritage that has been met with rapid development in recent years. Hop on one of the vintage trams and explore the city from the inside. The Open House weekend is a chance to engage with city planners and discuss Bendigo's design future.
Visitors are welcome to explore the most notable designs of the city, from private homes and heritage buildings to commercial and civic developments. Over 20 buildings will be on display — highlights include Kooroork House II, a 160 square metre family home created by e+ architecture; the Eaglehawk Heritage Precinct including the Mechanics Institute; former Eaglehawk Town Hall (now operating as the Star Cinema Boutique); and the Eaglehawk Courthouse. Plus, be the first to enter the newly renovated historic Beehive Building at the Bendigo Mining Exchange, which has been restored to its former glory. Alongside the program will be a series of talks and public workshops.
For more information or to pre-book tours, head to the Open House Bendigo website.
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