This Saturday, the inaugural Gold Coast Open House unlocks the doors of 24 interesting and significant buildings and spaces, inviting Gold Coasters to take behind-the-scenes tours of places they may have only ever glimpsed from the street.
From the former Southport Town Hall constructed in 1935, now the official chambers of the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast; to the Gold Coast’s first ambulance station in Nerang Street with almost 100 years of history; to The Southport School, Saint Alban’s Chapel and famous Clock Tower built in the 1920s; to the ‘50s and ‘60s inspired environment of QT at Surfers Paradise; the public can discover what lies behind the closed doors of an eclectic mix of historic and contemporary buildings.
1029 Hot Tomato will also be throwing open the doors between 10am and 3pm and giving locals a chance to see what the station is like beyond reception. There will be guided and self-guided back-of-house tours, where visitors can see first-hand the presenters in their studio delivering music and news live to air. Hot Tomato will also be firing up the BBQ for a sausage sizzle on the day and will have face-painting and a balloon artist on site.
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Chair of Gold Coast Open House 2015 and Chair of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ branch of the Australian Institute of Architecture, Greg Ewart, says another 22 buildings will throw open their doors on Saturday and there is plenty to see and do for the entire family.
“Some buildings require pre-booking for guided tours but there are many buildings on the list that offer self-guided tours, so you can wander in, have a look around, then move onto another Open House property. We hope attendees visit as many Open House properties as they can squeeze into one day,” said Mr Ewart.
“TSS and St Hilda’s are proving popular with past students, who plan to take their children and families along, show them around their old school, see what changes have been made, and reminisce about their school days.
“Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith Business School are all brilliant examples of cutting edge architecture.
“At Griffith Business School, Wilson Architects’ Director John Thong will host two presentations on the design intent of the building, which will be of immense interest to those studying architecture and design,” Mr Ewart said.
For more information on Gold Coast Open House visit www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au