Victoria’s Pentridge entertainment and dining precinct has undergone a billion-dollar metamorphosis and its newest tenant, Chapter Place, offers nine indoor and alfresco event spaces, and high-end conference facilities.
Set for an official opening in autumn this year, the nine on-site venues that have been repurposed for modern-day events and conferencing include a tranquil Reflection Garden bordered by 170-year-old Bluestone walls; a former cell block framed beautifully by 10-metre-high arched ceilings and aptly named The Long Hall; and a converted chapel with stunning arched leadlight windows.
For venue general manager, Jesse Kornoff, the combination of venue, service, food, and signature experiences are where the transformation of Pentridge from Victorian prison into a modern-day lifestyle space comes to light.
He said: “Our Reflection Garden – complete with a campfire to combat Melbourne’s changeable weather – is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks, teambuilding events, or an early morning wellness session, while the Long Hall is a showstopper for cocktail events, and (the) Olivine wine bar (can be used) for more intimate affairs.”
Chapter Place sits alongside the brand-new 106-room Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge Melbourne for large groups, and other anchor tenants including Olivine wine bar and North & Common bistro in B Division, a freshly imagined former wing of the 170-year-old historic prison.
Kornoff added that Chapter Place does not shy away from what the site once was, referring to The Real Underbelly conferencing experience led by one of Pentridge’s original prison guards.
“Clients can (also) learn how to roll truffles with Coburg’s own Koko Black during a 1.5-hour Masterclass; learn how to use a throwing wheel with local potter, Pink Ember; there’s a drinking class for people with a drawing problem; or Time Travel with a wine journey, led by our Sommelier, Liinaa Berry,” he said.
When the conferencing and eventing are done, visitors can step outside Pentridge’s perimeter and immerse themselves in a world of artists, artisans, bars, restaurants, galleries, studios, breweries, distilleries, and wineries.
Chapter Place Delegate Day Packages start from A$95 (US$86) per person.