Assembly Hall - 156-160 Collins Street. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Assembly Hall: 156-160 Collins Street, MELBOURNE

Assembly Hall
Assembly Hall

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Building Profile

Name : Assembly Hall

Location

Address: 156-160 Collins Street
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Construction Details

Built: 1914 - 1915
Original use: Hall
Current use: Hall

number of floors : 4

Built in the Edwardian period in the Neo-Gothic style

Notable features

The Assembly Hall is of architectural significance as a late example of Gothic Revival architecture. The careful attention paid by the architect to style, materials and massing has resulted in a building which harmonises with the neighbouring church and which is an integral part of the Collins Street streetscape. The Gothic theme continues inside the building, most interestingly in the foyer, stair and hall. The Assembly Hall is of architectural significance as an example of the work of H.H. Kemp. Kemp was noted for his arts-and-crafts-inspired Queen Anne or Federation style houses, so the Gothic style employed in the Assembly Hall is less common for him (although he was well trained in the style, as evidenced by this building and his 1887 Stage 2 of the Working Mens College). But it shows his determination to ensure the sympathetic integration of his building with the Scots Church next door.

History

The Assembly Hall at 156-160 Collins Street Melbourne was designed by Henry H. Kemp for the Presbyterian Church, and built by Swanson Bros. in 1914-15 on the site of the old Scots Church manse. The four storey structure (the fourth storey was added c. 1935) accommodates a hall with gallery, seating 900, offices and a bookshop. The street facade, return, and tower are faced in rock- faced sandstone with dressed stone mouldings.

Architect: Henry Kemp


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