Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lamb House

Although it no longer exists, for generations Edwards & Lamb was a well-known drapery store in Queen St, Brisbane. One of the founding partners, Mr John Lamb, selected Brisbane's prime piece of real estate to build his dream house, which he simply called "Home" in a rather understated way. It was also known as Lamb House, and it was constructed in 1902. Here is a picture of it from around 1904.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #60861)

The information filed with the picture says: "Home was designed by Brisbane architect Alexander Brown Wilson and built by W. Anthony". The house is perched on top of the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, directly opposite Gardens Point, so that it originally would have had extraordinary views both down- and up-river. Up-river views have been somewhat curtailed with further development in the area. The views were obviously a feature of the house for both the owner and the architect, given that an observation platform was constructed as part of the dwelling. The large wrap-around verandahs on both levels of "Home" would also have maximised the wonderful outlook from this building. "Home" is still standing, and here it is today.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

I'm not absolutely sure, but I think that a descendant of John Lamb still lives at "Home". Sadly, the building seems to have lacked some maintenance in recent years - broken tiles and peeling paint are evident, even from quite a distance. The vacant block in front of the house has been sold a couple of times recently for substantial sums, thus proving the old real estate adage "Position, position, position".
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

And, let there be no doubt about the position. On the day I photographed the house, I also took this image from in front of it, looking down the city reach of the river towards the CBD. I doubt if anyone could tire of this view, given that you have water, trees and city lights to see.

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