Sunday, September 16, 2007

Parliament House

Parliament House
Queensland Parliament House is located at 69 Alice Street, at the intersection with George Street and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and Queensland University of Technology. A building of rich historical significance, Parliament House was constructed between 1865 and 1867 as the seat of Queensland government after separation from New South Wales in 1859. Aside from government obligations, there are free public guided tours at various times, and a gift shop, selling souvenirs and memorabilia, is located in the main foyer. There are also regular public art displays held in the parliamentary annexe.

Parliament HouseThe building was designed in what was then known as French Renaissance style (although now referred to as classical revival) by Queensland's first Colonial Architect Charles Tiffin. Various forms of Queensland sandstone were used in the building process, along with Mount Isa copper being used for the roofing. Additions were made several times during the late 1800's, although from that period on the building has remained largely unchanged except for maintenance work. A 22-storey Parliamentary Annexe was built during the early 1980's with a new Legislative Chamber on the 5th floor.

Parliament HouseThis week there has been a raft of activity at Parliament House due to the change of Queensland Premier from Peter Beattie to Anna Bligh. Anna Bligh becomes the first female Premier of Queensland and suceeded Mr Beatie with his retirement after nine undefeated years. I imagine that for her, walking through the doors of parliament as a new leader would have held as much special significance has it has for the 36 other leaders who proceeded her. How fantastic that they have such a culturally and architecturally splendid building to operate from.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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3 comments:

Jodi said...

I LOVE old buildings. I think it's awe inspiring to walk through a 100-year-old building and imagine all the people that have been there before you. Humbling, that's for sure.

Brissiemum2 said...

Yep, it's a pretty impressive building, isn't it! My son went on a school excursion there recently and upon his return I asked him what he liked the most about it. His answer? The cordial and biscuits that they provided for morning tea! Rofl! Typical!!!

bike hire brisbane said...

Brisbane sure has some amazing buildings. You just got to have a good look around and know where to go. Parliament house sure is a treasure.