Tate House by Esmond Dorney (1958) and Preston Lane Architects (2021). Photo – Adam Gibson

Pop Top by Licht Architecture is part of the 2023 Open House Hobart program. Photo – Adam Gibson

Tour Private Homes + Historic Buildings At Open House Hobart

The annual event returns November 11-12, offering public access to more than 70 buildings in Hobart and beyond.

Amelia Barnes
2nd of November 2023

Open House Hobart is back this month providing a rare look into some of Tasmania’s most historic and intriguing buildings.

Across the weekend of November 11-12, more than 70 buildings will open to the public in Hobart and beyond.

This year’s program includes homes previously featured on The Design Files, from a compact timber home built for just over $100,000 (Apple Crate Shack) to a restored 1842 cottage in Oatlands (Bozen’s Cottage), and a dramatic and dazzling getaway in the West Hobart bush (Slow Beam).

Three mid-century homes originally designed by Esmond Dorney — Tate House, Dorney House At Fort Nelson, Woolton Place — are the must-see events of the weekend.

Other highlights include tours of sustainable homes, such as the carbon natural Slopes Of Kunanyi, and Hobart’s first hempcrete house (Hemp House).

The event also includes walking tours, garden tours, exhibitions, architectural drawing workshops, and speaker series.

Organised and operated by the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Open House Hobart is the local version of the event first held in London in 1992 now staged in more than 30 cities around the world.

The weekend is a chance to explore Hobart’s unique built environment, discover its architecture history, and hear stories about the city.

Open House Hobart is free to attend, but registration for some buildings is required. View the full program online here.

2023 Open House Hobart
Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 November, 2023
Free, some bookings required

This Story is Supported by Open House Hobart

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