Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shop Row, Woolloongabba

Following the last post, we are staying in Woolloongabba and looking at some of the nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings that remain in the area.

This one stands in Stanley St next to the Clarence Corner Hotel. It is thought that the building was constructed around 1903 for the then owners of the hotel, John Brett Charlton, a successful Brisbane stockbroker, and his wife Winnifred Mary.
(Photo: © 2012 the foto fanatic)

Known as Shop Row, the group of five attached shops was erected a little later than its neighbours, which are of 1860s vintage. Apparently there were earlier small businesses operating here, but this was the first building constructed after the land subdivision that allowed such structures.

As with other buildings in this location, Shop Row's fortunes have fluctuated since its construction. The area was quite a busy precinct through to the 1960s, after which many of the buildings fell into disrepair, but recent activity has brought back a little life.

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  1. Wow.. I've just found your blog by chance.. I was looking for a date when Bayards department store closed in the city and I found this blog! How exciting. I've got it on my blog list now and will go through and read it when I can. It looks great!

  2. Went to Vespa Pizza last night (shop on left of your picture) and loved it! The building reminded me of the many buildings similar in Melbourne; steep staircase to the 2nd floor, exposed brick, etc. Such a pity not many of these buildings survive or we don't get to see inside them.


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