What is Significant? Toorak Bowling Club was established in 1913 and opened on its present site at 9 Mandeville Crescent Toorak in 1914. The club retains its original timber pavilion, built in 1914 to designs by noted architect I G Beaver.
Elements that contribute to the significance of the place include (but are not limited to):
-The external form and fabric of the pavilion surviving from the Edwardian phase of development,
-The materiality of the building (e.g. weatherboard clad walls and corrugated iron roofs)
-The bowling green (but not the lighting, seats and shelters).
-Views from the public realm and the open setting of the pavilion created by the bowling green.
-The legibility of the pavilion's early single-storey envelope.
-The wrought iron gate and stone gate piers on Mandeville Crescent and stone retaining walls
-The limited presence of modern signage on the exterior of the pavilion and grounds.
Post war additions to the pavilion do not contribute to the significance of the place.
How is it significant? Toorak Bowling Club is of local historical, social and architectural significance to the City of Stonnington.
Why is it significant? Toorak Bowling Club is historically and socially significant for its ongoing use as venue for community sporting and recreational activities dating back to 1914 (TEH 10.7.1 Sport, Criterion G).
The pavilion is architecturally significant as a representative example of an early twentieth century sporting clubhouse (Criterion D). It has been altered and extended but its original Edwardian character is still legible. The pavilion is of additional significance as one of only two early (i.e. pre-World War II) purpose built bowling club buildings surviving in the municipality (Criterion B).