The Graceville Railway Station, situated on the Brisbane - Ipswich line, was first built in 1884 as the former pastoral land in the area was being converted to housing allotments. That station was replaced in 1959 as part of the quadruplication of the line between Brisbane and Ipswich. The new station was designed by Polish-born, German-educated Jan Kral, an architect with Queensland railways.
Fifty years later, the railway station was placed on the Queensland heritage register. Conservation architect and member of the Queensland Heritage Council, Peter Marquis-Kyle explains why:
"It has not been listed because of its longevity – the rail line has gone through Graceville since the mid 1870s – but rather for the modernist 1950s design.
"Graceville Railway Station was part of a new wave of Modernist architecture experimented with throughout Queensland as post-war austerity gave way to economic prosperity.
"The butterfly-roofed platform awnings, terrazzo tiles to the waiting room and ticket hall floors, painted steel balustrade to the stairs leading from the subway, the terrazzo window sills, timber and concrete seating, tiled subway walls: these were all a deliberate departure from the traditional railway station design and was considered an exemplar. Now it’s the most original of its vintage between Corinda and Nundah."
Here are a couple of photographs of the Modernist building.
More recently, the local member of parliament noted that the railway station had been allocated a budget of $900,000 for renovations that will include lifts, overhead bridges and a park-and-ride. They'd better be careful!
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