Dallas Brooks Hall
300 Albert Street, East Melbourne 3002.
- Built in 1969.
- Designed by Godfrey and Spowers.
- Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
- Known as the Dallas Brooks Centre since 1993.
The Dallas Brooks Hall with its 2200-seat capacity theatre was constructed in 1969 and was once one of Melbourne's key venues for concerts, meetings and events. Just as importantly, it is a rare and excellent example of the 'stripped classical' style of architecture, the other comparable building of similar type from that era being the National Library of Australia, in Canberra.
For its period, the Dallas Brooks Hall is unusual for including numerous halls and meeting rooms within the one complex and was the most significant concert hall built in Victoria in the postwar period before the Victorian Arts Centre. Its external façade is dominated by large columns which add formality to the presentation of this large building.
Dallas Brooks Hall is in reasonable condition externally and internally, but could benefit from minor restorative works. In 2001 and 2005, plans were made for its demolition but thankfully such plans haven't come to fruition.