This week we are looking at a couple of inner-city places that have stood the test of time and have not only survived but thrived. Both now have a commercial orientation, but I'll bet that most of you don't know of them.
The first is this little gem from the 1860s, Lucerne, at Paddington. Erected on what was then over six acres of land in the vicinity of Old Bishopsbourne, the house was one of three increasingly large houses built by bricklayer James Young to accommodate his ever-growing family that finally amounted to 16 children.
Young and his family moved from this residence to one of the other larger houses in the early 1870s and let this one to solicitor John Guthrie, and it was he who named the house Lucerne. After Guthrie left the house, James Young let it to a Miss Davis who ran a girls' school there. Young subsequently sold the house to a Mr Campbell who on-sold to John Scott MLA in 1883. The earliest photograph of the residence that I could find is this one from around 1932.(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #176795)
And here it is a little later, after the verandah panels were removed.
(Photo: © 1979 National Trust of Queensland; R Stringer)
Today the house is run as bed and breakfast accommodation for guests and is known as Lucerne on Fernberg. This photograph from 1996 shows the front entrance to the house and part of the attractive garden.
(Photo: © DSEWPaC rt50896; J Houldsworth)
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