Monday, May 3, 2010

Waterloo Hotel

This photo was taken in Brisbane around the year 1890, and the information with it declares that it shows flooding around the Waterloo Hotel in Brisbane. Brisbane had floods in 1890 and 1893, so it's a guess as to which of those years it may have been.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #34223)

The only Waterloo Hotel in Brisbane that I am aware of is situated not far from where I live -
on the Ann St and Commercial Rd intersection in Fortitude Valley, pictured below.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

This Waterloo Hotel was built in 1937 in Art Deco style, so it is clearly not the building in the earlier photo. There is a Waterloo Bay Hotel down at Wynnum on Moreton Bay that was built in 1889 (we'll look at that one another time), but my assumption is that the hotel in the top picture was replaced in 1937 by the building in the second photo, on the original Fortitude Valley site.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

In any case, the Waterloo was, for a long time, a venue for live music (particularly Blues) in Brisbane. It is presently being renovated, and an office and residential tower is being included in those plans. The Art Deco styling of the hotel is being retained though. Click here to see the vision of the architects, Cottee Parker Pty Ltd, for this project.

Click here for a Google Map.


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