Open Melbourne 2

Third Floor, Donkey Wheel House. Great name for a building! I liked the two different door sizes. The one on the right led into a fireproof, semi-circular room that was used to store documents.

These basement windows had grates above to let in light and air, but just look odd, like someone tiled out the view.

Installation art in the one of the basement window/vents

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The front door of Donkey Wheel House. This building used to house the administration headquarters of Melbourne’s first tramworks, cable tramworks. I was a tad disappointed as I was keen to see where the wheels and the like were. Donkey Wheel is the name of the organisation that now own the building.

Open Melbourne

Melbourne city had it’s second open day yesterday. Last year, they opened about eight buildings I think. This year it was more than forty! There was a wide range of buildings open but having experienced some queues last year, we headed in early and focussed on buildings out of the centre.

This is the Mission to Seafarers, the oldest Spanish style building of it’s type in Melbourne (I think I’ve got that right). It’s a building that I’ve long been fascinated by and was very keen to see. The idea of the mission was interesting too, although they no longer have the number of sailors sleeping there that once they did.

The chapel had this wonderful ship-type pulpit…

…and stained-glass window.

This organ was tucked in a corner. Not sure it gets much of an airing these days. Beautiful though.

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