What is significant?
Completed in 1938, the Glenferrie Oval Grandstand was built more than a decade after the Hawthorn Football Club was admitted to the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) in 1924 with Footscray and North Melbourne Football Clubs, and was the flagship for this relatively new league club. The grandstand was designed in the Moderne style by Stuart Calder in association with Marsh and Michaelson and constructed in red brick.
How is it significant?
The Glenferrie Oval Grandstand is of historic and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Glenferrie Oval Grandstand is historically important to the history of Victoria and the State's development of leisure activities through its social and cultural associations with Australian Rules Football, the favoured spectator sport for many Victorians for much of its history. The grandstand is also historically important through its association with the growth of the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League).
The design of the grandstand in the Moderne style is unique and demonstrates the middle class values of the club, in contrast to the working class origins of most of the league clubs. The Glenferrie Grandstand is historically important in illustrating the status sought by the Hawthorn Club in the league through its Moderne design, most other league clubs favouring a traditional nineteenth century design for their grandstands. The Glenferrie Oval Grandstand is important in its ability to exhibit good design and the principal characteristics of the Moderne style applied to a sporting facility.