Labassa is a magnificent mansion located in Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Built between 1863 and 1890, Labassa is a prime example of the French Second Empire style architecture, characterized by its mansard roof, ornate detailing, and grandeur. Originally known as “Sylliott Hill,” the mansion was designed by architect John Augustus Bernard Koch for Alexander Robertson, a wealthy Scottish immigrant. The estate was later renamed “Ontario” before being rebranded as Labassa in the 1900s.
Labassa’s interior is equally as impressive as its exterior, showcasing opulent Victorian and Art Nouveau design elements. Elaborate plasterwork, marble fireplaces, stained glass windows, and intricate wood paneling adorn the rooms. The mansion also features a striking central staircase and a stunning ballroom, which was a focal point for extravagant social events during Labassa’s heyday.
Today, Labassa stands as a testament to the historical and architectural heritage of Victoria. It is a preserved heritage site and is managed by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Visitors have the opportunity to explore its lavishly decorated rooms and gardens, providing a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of Melbourne’s elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The mansion serves as an important cultural and educational landmark, offering tours, events, and exhibitions to the public, making it a cherished piece of Victoria’s architectural legacy.
Labassa Mansion is located about 10km and a 30 minute drive or tram ride from the Melbourne CBD.
Labassa’s interiors are used in Series Two Episode One “Murder Most Scandalous” as the interior of the the Imperial Club.
Click and drag on the image above for a 360 degree view of the interior staircase, including the gorgeous ceiling and entranceway.