Southport School is one of 20 properties listed for the first Gold Coast Open House.
Southport School is one of 20 properties listed for the first Gold Coast Open House.

Open house unlocks the City of Gold Coast architecture

ON SATURDAY, October 17, the City of Gold Coast will host the inaugural Open House, unlocking the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and inviting Gold Coasters to take a behind-the-scenes tour of private places not typically available for public access.

From the old Southport Drill Hall constructed in 1890 to the Hot Tomato on-air studios in High Street, to the iconic 80s Paradise Waters mansion of Gold Coast pioneer Keith Williams, the public can discover what lies behind the closed doors of fascinating buildings and places they may have only ever seen from the street.

Around 20 properties are listed for the inaugural Gold Coast Open House. 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, said the list is impressive and diverse.

"We have been overwhelmed by the positive response and enthusiasm we have received for the first event and hope Gold Coasters get behind Gold Coast Open House with the same enthusiasm shown for Brisbane Open House, an event that has grown to more than 100 buildings over the past five years.

"Open House will provide a snapshot of the future of urban design on the Gold Coast as well as a journey into the past, with a collection of both contemporary and historic architecture open to the public.

"The buildings this year will appeal to all ages and people from all walks of life, from those with an interest in architecture and sustainable design to the inquisitive and creatively inclined," said Mr Ewart.

Gold Coast Open House also offers a children's program with free and entertaining activities available at many of the buildings open to the public.

A photographic competition, open to junior, amateur and professional photographers, will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. Sponsored by Hickey Lawyers, the competition offers prizes valued at $1400 across the three categories. Entry details and categories are available at goldcoast


Gold Coast Open House is calling for volunteers to

assist in the facilitation of

visits by the general public to the 20+ buildings. To vol


teer for GCOH, email volunteer@goldcoastopen or register online at goldcoast

More info at goldcoast

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