Heritage listing for former Naval Offices building
THE former Naval Offices building in lower Edward Street, Brisbane, has been entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.
Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) Chair, Professor Peter Coaldrake, said the two-storey brick building which was constructed in 1900-01 at 3 Edward Street in Brisbane, near the City Botanic Gardens, was the first purpose-built headquarters for naval forces in Queensland.
"The Department of Public Works began constructing the building in 1901 for the Queensland Marine Defence Force with the building then being used by the Australian Commonwealth Navy and later the Royal Australian Navy, before being vacated by 1977," Professor Coaldrake said.
"The building is notable for its unique decorative treatments including tuck-pointed face brickwork and stucco; rendered dressings; and tall decorative brickwork chimneys with chimney pots.
"Works of this quality are few and far between. A large plaster coat of arms of the British monarch is positioned above the doors of the small entry foyer," he said.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said the building has had some very different uses over time.
"During the 1980s it became a restaurant, before being renovated for commercial tenancies within the Stamford Hotel complex in the 1990s," Mr Powell said.
"The Queensland Government owns the building and leases it to the company that operates the Stamford Plaza Hotel, which has commercial sub-lessees in the building.
"This striking, well-designed, functional building contributes to a scenic streetscape of heritage-listed buildings in lower Edward Street," he said.
Mr Powell said the former Naval Offices had been initially listed in the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992 but then removed due to legal advice that Commonwealth-owned places were not subject to state legislation.
"After the Naval Offices were returned to the Queensland Government, the State Government nominated it for heritage listing - fulfilling a condition of the ownership transfer," Mr Powell said.
"We're delighted this important and well-known building could be returned to the protection of the Queensland Heritage Register," he said.
The Queensland Heritage Council is the State's independent peak body and advisor on heritage matters and determines what places are entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.
Places that are entered in the Heritage Register are considered of importance to Queensland's history and are protected under heritage legislation.