"Constant redevelopment" Information Tip by tiabunna

Information, Brisbane: 14 reviews and 12 photos

  What was; what might be?
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  • What was; what might be? - Brisbane
      What was; what might be?
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  • Where the wharves were - Brisbane
      Where the wharves were
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Favorite thing: As I have mentioned elsewhere in this page, Brisbane is in a state of constant redevelopment. In the past this has had some unfortunate results, when enthusiasts of “progress” have destroyed marvellous historic buildings which had real merit. The most notorious of these was the destruction some years ago of the “Bellevue Hotel”, a stately late 1800s building with beautiful ornamental cast iron verandahs, destroyed in the middle of the night to overcome public protests. I could also count the former “Chardon’s Corner Hotel”, long since gone, which was a brilliant piece of high Victoriana.

Today, a more considered approach is being taken to redevelopment. I must admit I do not know the story of the building which occupied the demolition site where I took the main photo for this tip – it was on the corner of Elizabeth and Albert Streets in the city, and I could not resist the image. Shades of the "Cheshire Cat’s" smile! The second photo was taken from a CityCat and shows the wasteland (seen in 2005) where the former Newstead wharves (which had no particular merit of any kind) were situated. I understand that a major residential area is under development there: commercial shipping for Brisbane now has a major new port complex at the mouth of the river.

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  • Written Jan 22, 2007
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