Friday, April 6, 2012

Kitawah, East Brisbane

Another of Brisbane's fine old homes has changed hands. Kitawah, a large timber residence in East Brisbane was sold at auction in the beginning of March for around $2 million. Here is my recent photograph of Kitawah.
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)

Kitawah was built in 1911 to a design from one of Brisbane's favourite architects, Robin Dods. It was one of Dods' final Brisbane commissions before he moved to Sydney. The house was built for Brisbane lawyer Llewellyn Stephens, the son of prominent politician and newspaper proprietor Thomas Blackett Stephens.

The Stephens family owned Kitawah until 1943, when it was sold to the Parer family who had plantations in Papua New Guinea. It was bought from them by Dr James Hemsley in 1969, and the residence has been in the hands of that family until its recent sale. 

 You can even have a video tour of the house if you click here.
The house is listed on the state heritage register.

Click here for a Google Map.



  1. I think the photos are a delight, and am not at all surprised that Kitawah was built to a design from one of my favourite architects, Robin Dods. 1911 was Edwardian in its taste, so can we say that the stained glass, veranda, the interior wooden panelling etc are still the originals?

  2. Probably original, but I can't say for certain

  3. This house is currently being renovated. Here are some pics thanks to Abandoned Brisbane on FB


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