Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Torbreck at Highgate Hill, completed in 1960, was Brisbane's first multi-storey building comprised solely of home units. But in 1927, the structure below was being built to provide a combination of commercial suites and residences. It is Craigston on Wickham Terrace, right across the road from the windmill.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #64659)

Brisbane architects Atkinson & Conrad designed the building in Spanish Mission style for Sydney medico Dr SF McDonald, and the builder was Walter Taylor who was later to erect the toll bridge at Indooroopilly. Ballow Chambers, further down Wickham Terrace towards the Valley, was also built around this time. Developments such as these were allowed specialist doctors to gather on Wickham Terrace en masse.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

My photo above shows Craigston today. It still operates as Dr McDonald envisaged, with both medical offices and residences contained within.

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Next: Baroona Hall

1 comment:

  1. I've often admired this building on my many trips to "The Terrace" for a medical appointment. I've just received a real estate email which includes a new listing of an apartment available in the building. Wouldn't it be an excellent "bolt hole" for evenings out in the city.


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