Tours / Notable 20th Century Architecture: Geelong CBD Guided Tour

Source: Geelong Design Week


Johnstone Park Rotunda, 24-28 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia


Saturday 19 March 2022 – Sunday 27 March 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm

A walking tour to discover many gems of Geelong’s 20th Century architecture. They lend character and variety to the streetscapes in Australia’s UNESCO City of Design. Walkers will meet in the heritage-listed Johnstone Park at the Hitchcock Memorial Rotunda, a 1916 Beaux-Arts design by Percy Everett (1888-1967).

From the park they view The Gordon’s complex of buildings, many also designed by Everett. He was the first architect trained at The Gordon, later becoming the State Government Architect – you can see his work all over Victoria.

Significant public buildings are next on the route – the Brutalist State Offices, the former Court House and the former Telephone Exchange.

Along Ryrie, Moorabool and Malop Streets, some frontages and upper storeys reveal the City’s best period commercial streetscapes showing Federation, Edwardian, and Renaissance Revival to Art Deco styles.

Banks, insurance companies and shopkeepers, confident in Geelong’s future, commissioned substantial buildings between 1900 and 1980. They were responding to its growing industries, regional significance, population, and prosperity during the 20th Century. 

While many of these buildings survive some may be under threat. Catch them while you can. Tour will take approx 2 hours, commencing from the Johnstone Park Rotunda.

There are four walks available, all starting at 9.45am for 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday 19 March
Tuesday 22 March
Thursday 24 March
Sunday 27 March 

Parking – Council car park, ground floor, 21 Gheringhap St opposite the Town Hall, or street parking.

Access –All streets used are pedestrian-friendly and marshals will direct walkers to safe road crossings. Ticket numbers are limited to ensure walkers’ safety and comfort. 

The National Trust recommends that participants note the current COVID-19 restrictions as directed by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria prior to enjoying the walking tour.

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