When Marlee first explained the idea behind Open House Melbourne to me I grinned at the brilliance of it. As I’ve said many times before, there is so much going on in Melbourne all the time and there’s something to suit every mood. Basically, for this weekend only, a number of the old buildings in Melbourne are open to the public for free.
A few of the buildings are only available to visit on ballot entry or pre-booked tours, but most of them you can just walk on into! Today Marlee and I decided to keep it local and check out the ones in St Kilda. The first stop was the St Kilda Vaults, these used to be a row of shops facing the sea front (just opposite the St Kilda Baths). It’s a shame the space is no longer used, it’d be a great place to have a party or even a run way show. They had some great images of old St Kilda inside too.
|The vaults are to the left along the road, now all closed up sadly|
After this we headed to the iconic pub and symbol of St Kilda that is The Espy. I love The Espy for its rickety, grungy charm. In fact, the last time I was there I put my drink down on a table, said table then fell at an angle under the weight of the drink, and the drink fell to the ground. Good old Espy…
|It was on one of these rickety tables that my drink met its end|
|One of the band waiting rooms. The things this room must have seen!|
|Definitely a room with a view, looks right over the Baths|
|The picture on the wall is of a gig a few years back, the crowd was so big it spilled onto the streets|
|I love this! We thought it was wallpaper but it’s actually painted on|
|And these lamp covers are adorable, very Great Gatsby-esque!|