Guest Book

The Manchester Unity Building is home to a handful of residents and just over 100 small businesses. As well as countless patrons, it attracts thousands of visitors every year, including participants in the Melbourne Opera House tours.

Do you have family members who worked on or in the building in its early days?
Have you toured the building? If so, would you like to share your experience?

You are invited to publish here stories or comments of interest. Also welcome are any documents, pictures of memorabilia, or relevant historical information.

    • From the first moment you step into this building you are transported back in time. The staff at 1932 cafe were so lovely and accommodating. The history is everywhere you look and the stories told on the tour are fascinating. The restoration is breathtaking and so fitting of the beautiful building this is. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Melbourne, or even if you live here. Being a tourist in your own city is a great way to discover and explore gems like this.

      Jenni Richardson12-08-2018 8:10 PM

    • I love being a tourist in my own home town and this tour was everything I'd hoped it would be. I used to visit friends who worked in the building back in the 80's and to take my own children on the tour to see the Art Deco splendour was such a delight. Also the service at 1932 Café was exceptional. My son requested a gluten and dairy free dessert without prior notice and they accommodated him with his dessert willingly and helpfully. The wine was delicious and the baked chicken done to perfection. Thank you to all for allowing us this opportunity.

      Julia Smith18-06-2018 4:54 PM

    • Wonderful experience post mothers day present for my wife afternoon tea and tour 10/10 Thankyou

      Peter Harrison17-06-2018 9:00 PM

    • We celebrated our belated 32nd wedding anniversary with breakfast at Cafe 1932 & the tour of the lovely Manchester Unity Building. The whole experience was lovely & would definitely recommend this!

      Jo Mason08-04-2018 6:07 PM

    • I found the building tour and restaurant meal to be excellent. The tour guide Chloe Martin was informative and personable, it was a delight to be shown the different floors with all of their art deco splendour. The boardroom and associated offices were a thing of beauty. Also a thank you to Dr Kia for his foresight and persistence in bringing back the internal beauty of the building. One can live in a city for a lifetime and go by the same buildings everyday and not see the hidden treasures that it contains.

      Giuseppe Gurrieri13-03-2018 11:25 AM

    • We celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary with a wine and cheese experience at Cafe 1932 followed by a building tour. We started with three cheeses and matching wines followed by a delicious cake and coffee. The best was yet to come with an exceptionally interesting and informative tour of the history of the building. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Thanks everyone

      Helen Stander12-03-2018 5:32 PM

    • Hello, thank you for an epic day. We celebrated my girlfriend's birthday in style. The restaurant experience was delightful. The tour guide was full of information. The building is just so charming and the restoration work amazing. We loved the chandeliers, table lamps, art deco objects. All in all, a most enjoyable day.

      liliana iuri11-03-2018 9:36 PM

    • Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch tour today of this fabulous Art Deco building. Chloe was a delightful and informative guide. Thankyou to Dr Kia Pajouhesh for rescuing this iconic building. Amazing to live in a city all your life and still so much to see.

      Carolyn Perkins11-03-2018 5:51 PM

    • Well what a tour. Chloe was a wealth of information and a delight as a tour guide. I have loved this building and when I was a teenager had my hair appointments there with my sister. The Art Deco lights and interior design have always fascinated me. How blessed are we to have had men with such grand visions which are now being carried on by Kia and the other tenants of the building. Well done and thank you for refurbishing and upgrading to bring the building back to its former glory. A tour is a must if you have an interest in the history of Melbourne. Thanks so much.

      Joanne Newman22-12-2017 10:09 AM

    • Sunday 9th July 10:15 tour. Well done to the staff for a lovely breakfast. It was spot on. Kim and Chloe did and excellent job on the tour. It was fascinating to hear all about the building and how It only took 8 months to build!! The restoration was amazing. And that took 8 months too!! Loved going on to the roof top for a different view of the city. I wish we could have gone up into the tower. Thank you to every one involved. It was an amazing and interesting morning.

      Elizabeth Knowles09-07-2017 10:47 PM

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