Monday, December 23, 2013

Changing face of Brisbane - Corner Ann St and Wickham St, Fortitude Valley

A quick pictorial for Christmas. Three views of the intersection of two of Brisbane's busiest streets - Ann St and Wickham St at the lower end of Fortitude Valley.

1953
The building in the foreground is Metropolitan Motors.
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-S35-97186)


1984
Same building, now housing Windscreens O'Brien. Whose idea was it to erect that awful monument to Brisbane?
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-B120-15126)

Recent
Monument gone, thank goodness! The whole area has been redeveloped and is now one of Brisbane's finer shopping and eating precincts.

(Photo: google.com)

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2 comments:

  1. There was a water fountain with a ball in the middle some where as a part of the 1984 monument wasn't there? I actually thought it was great, and I can't believe things like that get taken down - so few of them left now.

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  2. One of the problems with it was that it very quickly became absolutely filthy.

    All of that vehicle exhaust being spewed over it daily made it look very tawdry.

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