Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Old Government House


Old Government House is located on theQueensland University of Technology Gardens Point campus at 2 George Street. If you travel down the pathway beside the campus as you come from George Street, you will hit this heritage building, opposite the Gardens Theatre. Old Government House was the official residence of the Governors of Queensland from 1862-1909. Since that time the house has been occupied by the University of Queensland, the National Trust and the Queensland Institute of Technology.

Old Government House was the first major building constructed by the Queensland Government. It was built from 1860-1862 at a cost of £12,000-£17,000 and designed by the Colonial Architect Charles Tiffin. This classical revival style residence was home to eleven of Queensland's Governors. In 1910, the then Governor Sir William MacGregor moved to Fernberg, which would become the current Government House. At that time it was handed over by the Government to form the nucleus of Queensland’s first university.

Guided tours of the house are available on request between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Online you can do a Self Guided Tour or a Virtual Tour, but nothing beats going there in person. I personally like the relaxed feel of the courtyard, but the main rooms are also architecturally splendid. I bet that most of the students who go to QUT don't recognise the historical significance of the building on their great campus.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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3 comments:

Magic Bellybutton said...

I love heading over to uni - it means I get to see this building, The Queensland Club and the old apartments on the corner of George and Margaret Street. Well done!

Little Miss Moi said...

dear wes. wow, the memories of eating lunch on the steps during uni breaks! Good one.

Hels said...

Wes
I have seen the inside of Old Government House since the renovations, but am finding it very difficult to find 19th century images of the main reception rooms.
You may be able to refer me to a site. Thanks for the link
Hels
Art and Architecture, mainly
Melbourne