Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A wonderfully busy weekend - Part 2

This weekend was also Melbourne Open House - an event held in conjunction with the Melbourne City Council which gives members of the public the chance to see behind the facades of some of Melbourne's art deco gems and new 'eco-conscious' buildings. With only one day to see the buildings on my list, Mdblm & I set off at 9am, an insanely early hour for a Sunday, and made a beeline for the one building we missed last time, the Mission to Seafarers.

The Mission's exterior, built in 1917
The funds to build the complex were raised by the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild; a dedicated group of ladies who cooked for the visiting seafarers and even organised dances in the main hall.

Correspondence from a sailor to his 'Dear Little Melbourne Girl'
Next we visited the Regent Theatre's Plaza Ballroom...
The illuminated sign for the ladies powder room - the bathroom itself was most disappointing.

Then the Myer Mural Hall and its art deco staircase....

Next, the foyer of the Manchester Unity building....
You had to book for the tour of this building so we had to settle for the entrance.

And finally, the Grainger Museum...

Phew, what a weekend!!

- Tamara

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