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With its opulent architecture and largely intact original decoration 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 French Renaissance style with an ornate interior. The interior consists of the finest embossed wallpapers, mahogany timbers and a rare illusionist ceiling enhances the stair hall. Externally it features Corinthian columns, arcaded verandas, classical decoration and inset Italian marble panels.
Melway map reference, 58 H11. Public transport, catch a train to Balaclava station and tram number three or 69 to Stop 43.
Tours of the house at 11:00am, midday, 2:00 and 3:00pm. There is also an external tour at 1:00pm. Closed in December. Group tours of Labassa are available by prior appointment. Please call ahead to arrange booking.
The Costume Collection at Labassa is also available to researchers and special interest groups by appointment only. Please call during booking hours to make an appointment.