Rippon Lea is an outstanding late-19th century urban estate. The ornate mansion was built in the affluent 'Boom' or 'Victorian Italianate' style. It was designed by Joseph Reed, Melbourne's most important architect of the time, and included a sophisticated system for water self-sufficiency that sustained the magnificent gardens.
The estate has been open to the public for over 30 years. It is a popular venue for functions and picnics, and offers an educational program for students.
Rippon Lea House and Gardens was included in the National Heritage List on 11 August 2006.
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