Friday, November 12, 2010

O'Keeffe's building & Costin's cottages

For a city that doesn't have too many terrace houses, there is a surprisingly large number of them gathered in a small area along Petrie Terrace, overlooking the Roma St parklands. The ones below are known as O'Keeffe's terraces, named after John O'Keeffe, a Brisbane builder of the late 19th century. Firstly, the way they look now.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

This is the way they were photographed in 1977, following restoration.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #191803)

And before restoration - they were built in 1880.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #73812)

Another cluster of well-known terraces are these ones, known these days as Princess Row.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

They were previously referred to as Costin's cottages, as they were built by chemist/developer William John Costins around 1863. They were originally a row of four terraces. all with double dormer windows, but the terrace on the far left of my picture has been converted to a shop. Early development in this inner-city area, originally called Green Hills, was small workers' cottages to house the immigrants pouring into Queensland. Petrie Terrace has even more terraces houses, both old and new.

(Photos: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

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PS - I'll be in away on holidays next week, but if I've followed the geek-speak properly, posts should appear as if by magic. tff

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