The State Dining Room
The Governor of Victoria hosts State Dinners in the State Dining Room. The State Dining Room is also the location for other functions.
The Belgian etched glass windows are original. A curiosity is the ‘door to nowhere’ on the right side of the sideboard. This was added to retain the symmetry of the room, a characteristic very common in Victorian architecture.
The Spanish mahogany table seats a maximum of 54 guests. The Governor and spouse traditionally sit opposite each other at the centre of the table.
The table is in three pieces and can be adjusted by a crank. Due to its heavy weight, the table is rarely dismantled. Only the four legs at the ends of the table are visible, as the rest are recessed. The table is complemented by a sideboard of mahogany and cedar set in an alcove. The sideboard is flanked on both sides with a mantelpiece of black Belgian marble.
The Dining Room ceiling is decorated with deeply recessed panels. The current colour scheme is muted, however the decorative scrollwork on cornices, cross beams and arch mouldings was once painted in a colourful scheme.
The Governor and Mr Anthony Howard QC attended the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park.
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