Labassa is one of Australia’s most outstanding 19th century mansions.
Designed by architect John Augustus Bernard Koch for millionaire Alexander Robertson, the house is a thirty-five roomed property with ornate interiors in the French Second Empire style.
Inside it is shrouded in gilt embossed wallpapers, mahogany timbers, ornate stained glass and a rare trompe l’oeil ceiling. Externally it features Corinthian columns, arcaded verandas, classical decoration and inset Italian marble panels.
Home to Melbourne’s elite until 1920, when divided into flats, Labassa has since held a fascinating succession of residents, including Hollywood’s first Australian silent film star. Visitors will discover a rich and dazzling history surrounding the eccentric lifestyles of the bohemians and artists who called Labassa home throughout the mid twentieth century.
Disabled AssistanceCaters for hearing impairment
Family (two adults and two children) $35
National Trust Members free
Please note, access to the tower is an additional gold coin donation