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2020 OPEN HOUSE HOBART - RIVERFRONT MOTEL

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Riverfront Motel

11 Strathaven Drive

Rosetta, TAS 7010

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2020 OPEN HOUSE HOBART - RIVERFRONT MOTEL

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The mid-century mecca next to Mona!

The Riverfront Motel was built in 1960 on the banks of the River Derwent for passing travellers on the new Brooker Highway. Part of Glenorchy’s post-war suburban and industrial boom, neighbours included Claudio Alcorso’s Moorilla property (with houses designed by Roy Grounds), the Electrolytic Zinc Company’s smelting works, and Cadbury’s art deco chocolate factory and housing estate.

In 1961 the owner added an unusual motel sign: a Googie-style double catenary arch, originally created by Glenorchy businesses to celebrate the 1954 royal visit, which had been languishing in a nearby park for several years. Major extensions to the dining room were completed in 1970, with a bar, function space, dance floor, and an additional story added. As a result, the motel became a popular venue for community events, with wedding receptions, school leavers dinners and fund-raising events through the 1970s and 80s.

Dark times followed in the 1990s due to increased competition from budget hotel chains, and, if the stories are true, becoming a home for mildly nefarious activities, interrupted by occasional visits from the authorities. Purchased by the Beck family in 2003, the motel is now undergoing a gradual program of sensitive refurbishment with the help of local design company BOYDE. The property still includes many original features in the restaurant, guest rooms, the Royal Arch and a large mid-century house, designed by John Anderson.

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You must have a ticket to visit any buildings in the Open House Hobart program. Tickets are free.

Your ticket gives you access to the spaces defined on the ticket, at the specified time, for a timed duration. Please review options carefully before making your choice.

Please arrive on time as per your registered entry time - do not gather outside venues. If you are waiting to enter a building we ask you to maintain 1.5 meter distance from others. If you are late for your registered entry time you may not be permitted access to the building.

You will be greeted on arrival by one of our volunteers who will check your ticket and provide a welcome and safety briefing.

During your visit, we ask that you maintain 1.5 metre social distancing and maintain a one-way directional flow. Hand sanitiser will be provided at each site.

Please DO NOT visit any Open House Hobart venues if you are unwell or have had flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days. Please refer to the State Government website for more information. https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/covid-safe-behaviours

Open House Hobart reserves the right to refuse entry. Tickets are limited - if you are unable to attend please cancel your ticket through EventBrite to allow others to attend.

By registering, you agree to provide contact details so we can communicate with you about the event and contact trace if required. Attendance records will include name of person, address, date, time in, time out and email and mobile contact details. This information has been captured using EventBrite.

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Riverfront Motel

11 Strathaven Drive

Rosetta, TAS 7010

Australia

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