Toowoomba Open House, 6 October 2013

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Toowoomba Open House, 6 October 2013

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On October 6 2013 the inaugural Toowoomba Open House celebrates our local historic attractions, innovative architectural design and clever adaptive reuse of heritage treasures with buildings such as the Empire Theatre, City Hall, UQ Rural Clinical School, St Luke’s Church and the Masonic Centre open free to the public.

Toowoomba Open House is a free-of-charge event that invites visitors to opens the doors of public and private buildings and places of architectural, historical and/or environmental significance. The event has run successfully in Brisbane for three years, Maryborough for one year and for many years in various international cities including London, New York, Dublin and Melbourne to name a few.

Residents, visitors, families, design buffs, architecture fans, heritage enthusiasts - absolutely anyone who is curious about Toowoomba’s unique places is invited to explore great contemporary, historic and sustainable buildings and spaces. With so many buildings open visitors will be spoilt for choice.

Plan your visit ahead with the toowoombaopenhouse Facebook page. Or drop into the TOH information hubs at the Visitor Information Centre in James Street or the Toowoomba Regional Council Customer Service Centre in Little Street on the day. TOH will be on hand on the day to answer your questions, provide you with a free guide and map and point you in the right direction.


Become a part of this great community event, and support the Toowoomba Open House today by signing up as a volunteer! Volunteers will have the chance to actively participate in the running of the Toowoomba Open House. It is only with the help of volunteers that the event will be able to run – the more the better.

Volunteers will be required to attend a one hour information session, and help out for around three hours on the day. Duties on the day will include counting, welcoming, and advising visitors, directing crowds, managing bookings and tours, and in some cases, helping out with the running of tours. In exchange for a few hours of work, volunteers will have the rest of the day to visit buildings (with priority entry, of course!) and invitations to a VIP event on the evening of the 6th.



This free-of-charge event has been made possible with the support of the Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events Branch, the Queensland Heritage Council, the National Trust of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Architects. But Toowoomba Open House is still looking for local sponsors keen to support the development of an engaging and dynamic public event which celebrates good design and fosters an appreciation for the built environment.

Participating Buildings and Information Hub:

Participating building details (with more to be added)
Aspect Architects & Project Managers Offices, 2A Taylor Street 10am to 3.00pm
Burke & Wills Hotel, (formerly Lennons), 554 Ruthven Street, 10am to 4.00pm
Chandler House TheGrid, 488 Ruthven Street, 11.00am to 1.00pm
Chiselhurst Kindergarten, 12 Stonehaven Street, 10am to 2.00pm
Empire Theatre, 56 Neil Street, 10am to 2.00pm
Redlands Concordia Lutheran College, 154 Stephen Street, 9.00am to 12.00noon
Royal Bull's Head Inn, Brisbane Street Drayton, 10am to 4.00pm
Southern Cross Lodge Masonic Centre, 58 Neil Street, 10am to 4.00pm
St Luke's Church and Hall, 152 Herries Street, 11.30am to 3.30pm
St Matthew’s Church, Glennie & Beatrice, 12.00noon to 4.00pm
Toowoomba City Hall, 541 Ruthven Street, 10am to 4.00pm
Toowoomba Grammar Old Hall & Museum, 24 Margaret Street, 10am to 4.00pm
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven Street, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Toowoomba Regional Council Customer Service Centre, 4 Little Street, 10am to 3.30pm
USQ Refectory, West Street
UQ Boyce Estate Gardens, 6 Range Street, 9.00am to 4.00pm
UQ Rural Clinical School, 152 West Street, 10am to 1.00pm

Information hubs on October 6
Visitor Information Centre 86 James St (Warrego Hwy), Toowoomba
Toowoomba Regional Council Customer Service Centre 4 Little Street Toowoomba

Date and Time:

Sunday October 6
Opening times for individual buildings vary between 9.00am and 4.00pm


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Toowoomba Open House 2013
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