Sunday, February 4, 2007

Treasury Casino at Night

The Old Treasury Building spans the block bounded by Queen, William, Elizabeth and George Streets in the city. Now home to the Conrad Treasury Casino, the building was built in three stages from 1886 to 1928. Even before then the site had been reserved for government activities, and was assigned to the treasury activities from around 1860. The design was proposed by Australian Architect John James Clark, and is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of Italian Renaissance style in late nineteenth century Australian public buildings, of which Clark was a significant proponent.

The Conrad Treasury Casino is not only a casino, but more of what is classed as an entertainment venue. It also houses a hotel in the nearby Lands Administration Building, several restaurants and bars, as well as a nightclub. Opened in April 1995, the casino houses a three-level gaming emporium of 80 gaming tables and over 1300 gaming machines. If gambling isn't your cup of tea, other entertainment is provided most evenings ranging from bands, dance and comedy.

As you can see, in the evening it lights up with neon lights as befitting a casino! From the outside, the colour of the lights around the building definitely makes the casino stand out. I know that it has enticed me into its den of pleasure a few times, but in the main I always come out a little lighter in the pocket. The gambler's lament "If only I could hit the jackpot..." rings true each time!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

Grim Reality Girl said...

Wes, Your photos make me want to visit Brisbane. Hope all is well in the land of Angry Dad.