Working Heritage is now seeking past users of Horti Hall and their descendents to contribute stories, memories, photographs and memorabilia to a build a social history of Horti Hall. More information available here.
Horti Hall is the home of Victorian Opera. They are a good fit for this special building – making use the extensive hall for rehearsals as well as the attached offices.
Horti Hall has been an important venue for Melbournians since 1873. The hall was home to the Victorian Horticultural Society until 1989 and the hall was used for their meetings, shows, competitions and well regarded library. Financial difficulties meant that soon after the building's construction it was rented out for ‘concerts and similar entertainments, lectures, political and other public meetings, bazaars and such purposes requiring both day and evening, Sunday religious services, Balls, select quadrille and dancing assemblies [and] friendly society’s meetings...’. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century it was rented to groups as diverse as the Italian anti-Fascist Matteotti Club, trade unions and the Commonwealth Bureau of Meterology.
Working Heritage began managing Horti Hall in 2000. We carried out extensive conservation works on both the hall and attached offices – restoring the interiors and making it a functional space for tenants.
We are working with Victorian Opera to improve Horti Hall by enhancing its environmental sustainability and carrying out conservation works.
Photographs by Peter Glenane.
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Former Royal Melbourne Mint
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
PO Box 13287
Law Courts Post Office
277 William Street
Melbourne VIC 8010
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280 William Street, Melbourne.