Kangaroo Point is a suburb directly across the river from the Brisbane CBD. It is connected to the city now by the Story Bridge as well as a ferry service, and it was ferries that carried people across the river to the Point in past years. The area was firstly an industrial area with the accompanying workers' cottages, but in recent years has seen the arrival of high-rise residential towers. There are gems here too, like the building below. (Photo: Courtesy Ken Charlton & the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts)
The Georgian-styled building is now known as Silverwells, and it was built on Main St in about 1867 by a Sydney man called Joseph Thompson, described as a merchant. He originally called the building Mornington. There are not too many examples of semi-detached houses here in Brisbane, let alone ones as attractive as these. Even for their time they were considered to be opulent, having drawing rooms with four-metre ceilings, and cellars, not to mention maid's quarters. A newspaper article alerted me to the fact that the building was being redeveloped, so I went across the Story Bridge to take a look. This is what I found.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)
Work is carrying on apace at the site (click the photo to see a larger image). The dramatic CBD backdrop means that the refurbished dwellings will attract a premium price. The fact that well-known conservation architect Robert Riddel has been engaged for the project will help too.
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