Heritage / Archival Recording

The Chapel:

Heritage Overlay Number HO6 (Part) The Melbourne Girls Grammar School is part of a broad heritage overlay HO6 of the South Yarra Precinct of the Melbourne Planning Scheme.

The Chapel (former Hall) The Arts and Crafts style Assembly Hall was designed by the architectural firm of North & Williams. This single storey full height face brickworks with a single storey annexe attached east end of the south façade were constructed in 1917. However the function of the former hall has been altered through time with the addition of a first floor level, with the upper level becoming the Chapel of St Luke and the ground floor catering for staff accommodation, dining and office. Part of the original Annexe where ladies toilets, vestry and store were housed was then re-configured to house the circulation space between the two levels.

Note: the following is an extract from the Heritage Impact Statement 2011; Physical description of Chapel (former hall) prepared by RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants

The elongated Arts and Crafts style building has a symmetrical façade with central recessed entry and flanking towers. English garden bond has been used for the red brick walls which are complemented by several terracotta elements, including the frames and Gothic style tracery of the main windows, which contain stained glass, and the lintels of the smaller windows to the lower part of the façade and side elevation, which have a curvilinear profile and a central fleur-de-lys motif. The row of five spandrel panels below the main window are also terracotta, of which the central panel contains the school emblem and the flanking panels have stylised tree-like/floral motifs in an Art Nouveau idiom. Other decorative features include brick string courses to the façade (above the main entry, main window and upper part of the towers) and to the east end (windows of the east elevation and original door to annexe), some of which have bosses with floral motifs.

Photographic survey by Hin Lim, November 2014. © Hin Lim | 2015

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