172 Burke Road, Glen Iris 3146, VIC
172 Burke Rd, Glen Iris VIC 3146, Australia
Sacré Cœur is a Catholic Independent School for girls established by the French order of nuns, the Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) at Burke Road, Glen Iris in August 1888. A local landmark on campus, the heritage-listed Brynmawr was built in 1859 by architect George Wharton. Subsequent owners made extensions to the property before its purchase by the RSCJ in 1888. An imposing three-storey red-brick building designed in Tudor Revival-style by architects Tappin, Gilbert and Dennehy was added in 1890, followed by construction of a Gothic Revival-style Chapel (Tappin) with a bluestone plinth supporting tuck-pointed brickwork and slate roof in 1904. The Chapel contains many historic treasures sent to the school in 1905 for safekeeping after the closure of convents in France: the marble altar is from Lille, the oak stalls from Angouleme, the clock on the exterior south face is from Bordeaux, and the organ is from the convent at Marseilles. Along with stunning stained-glass windows, also within the Chapel, there is a magnificent 19th century brass-and-oak organ (National Trust listed) housed in the choir loft. It was built by Merklin & Cie, Paris & Lyons, for St Joseph's Convent, Marseilles. This is a rare example of French romantic organ building and one of only three in Australia. Located on the ground floor, the Parlour is characterised by the large fresco 'Blessing The Children' painted in 1908 by Mother Mary Philippine Zahel RSCJ.
Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible
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