Anyone with an ounce of curiosity as to what’s inside some of Brisbane’s prominent and landmark buildings can find out for free on the 2017 Brisbane Open House weekend.
This year 90+ buildings, many of them heritage and others significant architecturally or engineering-wise will be open for viewing, either self-guided or with a guide. There are also some fascinating tours of Brisbane's historic, architecturally notable and art precincts and neighbourhoods.
Throughout the CBD and inner city, visitors can check out historic places of worship and get the fascinating stories behind the Albert Street Uniting Church, All Saints Angican Church,St Andrews Uniting Church, Ann St Presbyterian Church, St John's Cathedral the and surrounding buildings including the 1853 Deanery, City Baptist Tabernacle, and the Masonic Memorial Temple with its magnificent ceiling.
Also in the CBD iconic landmarks Parliament House, the Treasury Heritage Hotel, Brisbane City Hall with its splendid art deco interior, will open their doors, in contrast to cutting edge new buildings such as 480 Queen St . Also of contemporary architectural significance are BVN Architecture and Bureau Proberts Architects .
Demonstrating contemporary life for an historic building are Arkhefield in the old Qld brewery ML Design (once home to Queensland fashion icon Easton Pearson’s Boutique and Sewing room) and Spring Hill's first apartment block Craigston. While in the Spring Hill vicinity, not to be missed is a tour of Brisbane's first underground water reservoir, the Spring Hill Reservoirs, where regular underground opera and theatre performances occur.
In the South Bank precinct visitors can take a look inside Griffith Film School , Qld Maritime Museum, have a rare chance to see the new storage collection facility at Queensland Art Gallery and check out the ABC Brisbane Centre while further afield, Brisbane State High School is showcasing its collection of unique historic buildings and at the Gabba vistors can check out the Diamantina Health Care Museum at the Mater Hospital.
On the westside hidden gems like the 1860's Bishopsbourne and Chapel will be open for a rare glimpse as will Christ Church Milton with the remains of Paddington Cemetery in its church yard and the grand Auchenflower residence Ross Roy Villa.
Meantime Newstead, Fortitude Valley and surrounds are showcasing buildings including the modern Brickworks Design Studio to the historic and secret Central Village Heritage Precinct and the radical left wing pulse of the 1970's Brisbane punk movement and one time home to the Australian Communist Party -the 19th century 4ZZZ building.
This year children are well catered for again with a free activity book that guides them through buildings, create their favourite fruit & vegs in LEGO at Museum of Brisbane and colouring in and drawing at the convict Commissariat Store Building. And across the river at State Library of Queenland there's a free Little Designers workshop and other activities, and at the old Peters Ice-cream Factory are free kids art activities. Meanwhile there’s lots of hands-on fun on Sunday at Newstead House as well as a chance to step back in time at Miegunyah House & Museum nearby in Bowen Hills and many many more fun activities around Brisbane. FULL CHILDRENS PROGRAM HERE
Another great way to soak up some history and culture are with guided tours, including Public Art walking tours, City Centre and Spring Hill Heritage Tours, Toowong Cemetery Tour, an Architects Walking Tour and Green heart tours. Full list and times HERE.
Need to know: Guided tours fill up quickly as do dedicated building tours. Pre-booked buildings are: Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane Common Ground, Fernberg (Government House), Monaise House, Old Windmill Tower, Queensland State Archives and Walter Taylor Bridge. Bookings open on Sep 21.
View the full program with all buildings HERE
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