As part of the Open House Hobart weekend in November each year, I lead a walking tour of the Hobart CBD, called What Style is it?

Hobart Town Hall
Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart

On this walk we explore and discover Hobart’s fabulous colonial architecture of the CBD. By the end you will be able to tell your Gothic from your Doric and never confuse the Ionic and Corinthian styles again. It’s a fast and fun tour where you can learn more about Hobart’s history, its architecture and the stories behind our colonial-era sandstone beauties.

Of course, there is so much more to Hobart’s colonial buildings than can be covered in just a 60 minute walk. I have written a series of articles which go into further detail: How to read Hobart’s colonial buildings.

This series of articles on the buildings of colonial Hobart will cover:

  1. Architectural Eras and Styles in Hobart – part 1
  2. Architectural Eras and Styles in Hobart – part 2
  3. Classical Orders you’ll see in Hobart

Traditionally British architecture adhered to a particular set of styles, rules and proportions which were applied by professional designers employed by the wealthy elite to create a work of art.

Hobart’s architects and designers did not feel compelled to follow the same rules, making Hobart into a unique city with an elegance and style of its own.

Commercial Bank, 103 Macquarie Street, Hobart
Commercial Bank, 103 Macquarie Street, Hobart