Open House Melbourne: Brighton Council Chambers

29-30 July / Open access 1pm-5pm
29-30 July / Open access 1pm-5pm

Brighton Council Chambers

Kevin Knight of Oakley and Parkes with engineer John Connell and Associates. Construction by Prentice Builders Pty Ltd 1961

Description

The foundation stone of the Brighton Municipal Offices was laid on February 13, 1959. The building was officially opened on July 21, 1961 and includes a municipal library, council offices and council chambers.

The building design is similar to that of the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA. The exterior is rendered in red brick with white concrete decoration. The interior decoration and furniture was by Grant Featherston who designed the circular foyer, council chamber, and two circular meeting rooms, including extant furniture and light fittings.

The building is still used by the City of Bayside for council meetings and a public library continues to operate from the complex.

What’s On

Patrons will have full access to freely roam the architecturally designed Brighton Council Chambers. Patrons can speak to volunteers to learn more about this important civic building and how it has been used historically and today.