Friday, April 23, 2010

La Scala, New Farm

(Photo: © 1982 National Trust of Queensland)

Just up the road from where I live is this spectacular house, right on the border of Fortitude Valley and New Farm at 517 Brunswick St. It reminds me of a giant chocolate layer cake. In 1914 it was built to a design by the architect TR Hall, who later designed Brisbane's City Hall. Click on the photo to see a larger image, it's worthwhile! The original owner was a doctor, and the building, which he had named Craig Athol, was laid out so that he could operate his practice from the ground floor and live in the house above. After being sold, the house continued as a doctor's surgery with new owners, and then was eventually converted to flats. Here is a photograph from 1963 when it was in use as flats.
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-B54-20780)
In 1980, the house was bought by Brisbane architect Robert Riddel, who used it as both office and house. He renamed the house La Scala, and it is still known by that name. Riddel's firm, Riddel Architecture, is extremely well-regarded for both conservation and modern architecture work in Queensland. They are responsible for conservation work on Customs House and the former National Bank head office.

La Scala is currently occupied by a firm of real estate valuers, and their web site shows some interior views of the building, including the original ornate plaster work on the ceilings.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

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  1. Thanks so much for doing this blog! its great to read a bit of insight into some of the nicer locations & buildings in Bris.

    Great stuff.


  2. I am not sure what you would call this style of architecture: late Edwardian-Frederation-Queen Anne style with a Queensland overlay and some maritime features?

  3. ERA.culprits - thanks!
    Hels - indeed!


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