Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Naval Offices

At the very end of Edward St, right before the Botanical Gardens, stands a building that time forgot - and so has most of Brisbane, it would seem. This is it: the Naval Offices building, 3 Edward St.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

When Queensland was a separate colony, it was responsible for the protection of its own shores, and so the Queensland Marine Defence Force was formed. This was their office, dating from 1900, and photographed below in 1901. I am unable to provide the name of the architect, but the building has been described on the blog I Love Brisbane as follows: The architectural style of the building is mainly Baroque, with an ornate entrance pediment which incorporates the Naval Defence Coat of Arms. This is a largely intact example of a Federation period building. The original wrought iron entry gates still hang in the arched entrance way. The building is predominantly constructed from red brick which is essentially plain on the lower level and stuccoed on the upper level."

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #6420)

The building currently seems to be vacant, although in previous times it has had such tenants as a restaurant and a flower shop. There isn't much information available about it now, as a couple of heritage sites have removed their listings about the building. When the Royal Australian Navy was formed around 1911, the Queensland Marine Forces were folded in to it, and so the building then became the property of the Commonwealth. It was used as Navy and then Commonwealth offices through until 1980 or thereabouts, and from then it was leased out commercially. I assume that the building is still owned by the Federal Government, but I am unable to confirm. The Naval Defence Coat of Arms remains intact.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

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