Friday, September 21, 2012

Broadway Chapel, Woolloongabba

Not too long ago, mrs tff and I attended the wedding of some friends that was held in a beautifully restored church at Woolloongabba. Here is an external photograph of the building that comes from Google Earth.
(Photo: © 2012 Google; © 2012 Whereis Sensis Pty Ltd)

I wasn't aware of this place until I arrived at the wedding. The chapel, now privately owned and operating as a non-denominational venue for civil and religious ceremonies, has a history that dates back to 1884.

Originally the Broadway Congregational Church, the Gothic structure was opened in October 1884 and welcomed people of all faiths in those early days of settlement in Brisbane. The building incorporated a school underneath the church. The Congregationalists' last service before being gathered into the fold of the Uniting Church was held in December 1971, and then a few years later, another change occurred with the church becoming the Spanish Speaking Baptist Church. It remained in this identity until the building was closed around 1990.

Then, after the church had remained unused until 2003, an extensive renovation was undertaken. Some of the original fittings such as the baptismal font, the pipe organ and some artworks were replaced at the conclusion of the makeover. The building is now listed on the Brisbane City Council Heritage Register. Here is a photograph of the interior of the chapel, taken just after the conclusion of our friends' wedding.
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)

I can attest to the fact that it is a great place for a wedding. Here is a link to their web site.

Click here for a Google Map


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