Friday, May 13, 2011

Cremorne, Hamilton

(Photo: © 1979 National Trust Queensland)

This is one of the most spectacular timber houses in Brisbane. It is perched on the side of Hamilton hill with views across the Brisbane River and beyond. The house was built circa 1905 for JD O'Connor of the eminent publican family. The design was from Sydney-trained but Queensland-owned firm Eaton & Bates, who favoured pavilions and deep verandahs, both extremely suitable for our sub-tropical climate, and both are used extensively in Cremorne.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #80450)

The following photograph was taken in around 1906 and gives an idea of the extensive views - the Brisbane River is in the background. Three generation of the O'Connor family lived here until the property was sold in the 1990s.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #80451)

JD O'Connor and his brother Denis owned or had interests in hotels throughout Brisbane, among them the Wickham, the Treasury and the Prince Consort.
(Photo: © 2011 the foto fanatic)

Cremorne is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, where it is described this way:
"The house is almost L-shaped in plan, and has a corrugated iron roof which is a complex of hips, gables, ridges and pavilions, with decorative gablets and finials, and three brick chimneys. There are verandahs, with separate roofs, on all four sides. Several of these have been enclosed. The open verandahs all have simple timber balustrading and timber frieze, and ceilings of narrow tongue and groove timber. Most of the walls are single-skin tongue and groove timber, but where exposed to the weather, are clad externally with chamferboards."

Naturally I haven't been inside the house, but apparently the interior is just as grand as the outside. Pressed metal ceilings and stained glass windows are present, fireplaces with marble surrounds in some rooms, as well as timber arches in many entrances.
(Photo: © 1979 National Trust Queensland)

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  1. This home reminds me of the United Services building on Wickham Terrace. Love your blog & learning about Brisbane.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to post your comment. I hope you keep enjoying the blog.


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