Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Albert Street Uniting Church

I have to admit that I'm not a very religious person, but I do love the architecture of churches. In most cities, you find an interesting juxtaposition of mostly old style churches backdropped againt modern architectural giants. Brisbane is no exception, as can be seen from this photo of the Uniting Church located at the intersection of Albert and Ann Streets, opposite King George Square. Built in 1889 the church is noted for the intricacy and stories of its stained glass windows. Further, the church also houses its original pipe organ which had been Manchester in the U.K. and installed in 1889. The original pipework has been retained, but with additions over time now has 2,250 pipes.

As part of the Wesley Mission, the church has been a haven for the needy for well over a century now. As early as 1906, the church established the Sisters of the People whose charter was to give help and relief to the poor, starving and destitute. This is a very noble cause. The building is also registered on the Queensland Heritage listings.

Part of the reason I like this particular church is not only for its Victorian Gothic architecture style, but also because of the attached Lion's Den Cafe. The cafe acts as a non-profit, all ages live music venue and they definitely cater for a wide range of styles. One of my friend's bands, Say Nothing, have played a number of all ages gigs there .

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

mollymcmommy said...

i love churches too, whenever i've travelled in the past the "touristy" thing always included a tour of some old church :)

m