Labassa Open Day

From mansion to flats, Labassa has survived with its Victorian era decoration intact.

Labassa is an outstanding Victorian-era mansion with opulent architectural features. Originally called ‘Sylliott Hill’, it was renamed ‘Ontario’ in the 1880s reflecting its new owner Alexander William Robertson’s Canadian heritage.  He had the mansion redeveloped in the French Second Empire style by commissioning the German-born architect, John A. B. Koch, who remodelled the house into a thirty-five roomed mansion. The interior features gilt embossed wallpapers, ornate stained glass and a rare trompe l’oeil ceiling.

Renamed Labassa in 1904 it was home to Melbourne’s elite until 1920 when it was divided into flats. The residents included Hollywood’s first Australian silent film star and other colourful bohemians. Labassa is the most lavish of the few surviving nineteenth-century mansions and the magnificently restored interiors of the main rooms impress all its visitors.

Celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register 

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Labassa Mansion, 2 Manor Grove Caulfield North 3161 VIC


Entry fees:
Adults $ 15, Children $ 9, Concession $ 12, Family $ 35, Members $ Free
Booking: 9656 9889
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Please note: Parking is not permitted on Manor Grove.