In 1877, the first St Brigid's Church was built at Red Hill. A few years later, the Sisters of Mercy established a school there, and they made the daily trek from All Hallows' in the Valley to the church to teach the students. In 1902 the Sisters of Mercy purchased, in Upper Clifton Terrace near the church, land that included a residence known as "Kenilworth". The purchase price was £1610, and the Sisters intended to construct a convent there.
Architects Eaton and Bates were commissioned to construct the convent, and work commenced in mid-1902 and was completed the following year. Records show that the construction cost was £3100, and a further £500 was needed for furnishing the building. This is the result, as photographed in 2000.
Eaton and Bates had quite a successful practice, including many works for the Catholic church. As evidenced by this building, they favoured wide verandahs, important for fighting the hot Queensland sun.
The convent evidently housed up to eight or nine Sisters of Mercy at any one time. The school closed in the mid-1980s, and nuns remained in residence at the convent until the building was sold in 1999.(Photo: © 2011 the foto fanatic)
I'm not sure how the building is being used today - in fact, it looked as though it may have been vacant when I took the current photo above. The well-positioned block and nearness to the city are apparent. The web pages of conservation architect Robert Riddel (who has also worked on St Brigid's Church) indicate that conservation work and improvements were performed for the new owners after the sale by the church.
It would be a superb family home.
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