For the last 3 years, I have volunteered for Brisbane Open House. This year, I conducted guided tours for The Chambers - the former National Australia Bank building built in 1885. (They are still tenants there). Wow! That was a bit scary, seeing that I have never done tours before. But I made it through, and was very pleased with myself to have met a big challenge, and survived to tell the tale.
|beautiful stairs in the Masonic Memorial Temple|
The Temple was built between 1928-30, in the Classical Revival style. I especially love the marble stairs, the Corinthian columns and the bronze front door.
|looking across to the GPO from the balcony of The Chambers|
I love that tower on top of the GPO. I want to live there:=)
|ornate ceiling and lovely chandelier in the Board Room of The Chambers|
|St. Stephen's Chapel|
This little church began life in 1850, and was the only Roman Catholic church in Brisbane till 1874.
|interior of Wilson Architects in Spring Hill|
This is a really wonderful re-use of an old terrace house and an original Queenslander. You can see where they have joined the two buildings, leaving the old fire place in the cottage as evidence of a previous existence.
|glorious oleanders outside their office|
|St. Brigid's, Red Hill|
This building has design features from the Gothic French cathedral Sainte-Cecile in Albi (check it out on Youtube). St Brigid's sits on the top of a hill with amazing views over Brisbane. We were lucky enough to hear the organ being played during our visit.
|fabulous architectural features on the Roma Street Station Heritage Building|
This was the original Brisbane Terminal Station. The facade has been beautifully restored, with the internal spaces still to be fully renovated.
|lots do to on the inside!|
A newly-retired friend also took up the challenge and volunteered for Open House this year. It is exhausting and exhilarating; so much fun and so much to see and learn. Put it in your calendar for next year. You will get a whole new perspective on your city.