Open House Geelong 2012

Some of Geelong’s most significant buildings will reveal their secrets this Saturday 10 November 2012. For one day only, you can go behind the doors of some of the city’s key buildings and spaces not normally available to the public – and it’s all for free.

Organised by Open House Geelong, the event is a rare opportunity to discover the wealth of architectural and historic buildings in Geelong. All kinds of hidden treasures reside within the walls of these iconic landmarks. You may be familiar with the Peace Memorial in Johnstone Park but now is your chance to go inside to see its semi-dome roof and diamond shaped glass panels. Or perhaps you would like to see the panoramic view of Corio Bay over to the You Yangs from the fifth floor of the City of Greater Geelong offices. Venture forth past Barwon Water’s brutal 1970s architecture and you will discover a mural, a massive 7 metres long, by well known local artist and illustrator Robert Ingpen.

Deakin University on the Geelong waterfront.

Geelong Magistrates Courts.

Geelong City Hall – an example of the Classical Greek Revival style. It was designed by Joseph Reed in 1854 and eventually completed in 1917.

One of the lions on sentinel duty at the entrance to Geelong Town Hall.

Located within walking distance of each other, all the buildings are noted for their architectural, historic or environmental interest. They reflect Geelong’s rich past, celebrate its present and offer insights into the future of Geelong.

The participating buildings are Geelong City Hall, Peace Memorial, The Gordon, The Transport Accident Commission, National Wool Museum, City of Greater Geelong Offices, Deakin University, The Geelong Magistrates Courts, Osborne House – Original Homestead, Osborne House – Geelong Maritime Museum, Osborne House – Vietnam Veterans Association and Barwon Water.

Open House Geelong will run from 10am to 4pm with guided tours and programs available at each destination. For more information about the event go to

TAC headquarters is Geelong’s first office development to achieve a five star NABERS rating – a sustainability success story.

A brightly coloured awning adorns the TAC building.

Geelong’s Peace Memorial, an Edwardian Baroque structure built in1922.

View across Johnstone Park to the Peace Memorial next to the Geelong Art Gallery.

The Gordon’s first historic building, built in 1888.

National Wool Museum, Geelong.

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