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Addresses

At 640 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102

Type of place

Hotel (pub)

Period

Interwar 1919-1939

Style

Free Style

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Hotel Morrison

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Addresses

At 640 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102

Type of place

Hotel (pub)

Period

Interwar 1919-1939

Style

Free Style

The Hotel Morrison was built in 1927, the last in a series of hotels on and around the site. Historian John McClurg has suggested that the Hotel Morrison was originally the Duke or Cornwall and later the Brittania Hotel. Mary Elizabeth Henderson purchased the site in 1927 and is believed to have constructed the building shortly afterwards.

Also known as

Brittania Hotel

Lot plan

L5_RP20298; L4_RP20298

Key dates

Local Heritage Place Since —

Date of Information —

Construction

Roof: Corrugated iron;
Walls: Face brick

Criterion for listing

(A) Historical; (B) Rarity; (D) Representative; (E) Aesthetic; (E) Aesthetic

Interactive mapping

City Plan Interactive Mapping

Also known as

Brittania Hotel

Lot plan

L5_RP20298; L4_RP20298

Key dates

Local Heritage Place Since —

Date of Information —

Construction

Roof: Corrugated iron;
Walls: Face brick

Criterion for listing

(A) Historical; (B) Rarity; (D) Representative; (E) Aesthetic; (E) Aesthetic

Interactive mapping

City Plan Interactive Mapping

History

The Hotel Morrison was built in 1927, the last in a series of hotels on and around the site. Historian John McClurg has suggested that the Hotel Morrison was originally the Duke or Cornwall and later the Brittania Hotel1. The Post Office Directories suggest the original hotel was on the opposite corner and that the current site was purchased in 1927 for the present hotel1. Mary Elizabeth Henderson purchased the site in 1927 and is believed to have constructed the building shortly afterwards.

Description

This predominantly brick hotel has a truncated corner that is oriented towards the intersection of Merton Road and Stanley Street. Prominent on this corner is the building signage at the upper level. This has the building’s date of construction at the top and the words “Hotel Morrison” running down the corner in capital letters flanked by floral mouldings. The building’s name also appears in horizontal signs centred on both of the side elevations on the parapet.

Six evenly spaced, double-hung windows run along each of the building sides. A continuous terracotta tiled sun-hood supported by ornate brackets shades both these rows of windows. A rendered band runs at sill level below the upper windows. Diamond shaped brackets spaced evenly between the windows are attached to the rods that support the cantilevered street awning.

The parapet is articulated at the ends and beside the truncated corner, with an unusual gable treatment of an inverted semi-circle cut from a raised section of the parapet. An ovolo moulding the line of the parapet including the semi-circular sections.

Below the line of the awning the brick walls are tiled up to just above the sill level of the lower windows. The variety of openings at this level seem to bear no relation to the regularly spaced upper level windows. Behind the brick façade the building had been extended by a hipped roof addition with brickwork of an unsympathetic colour.

Statement of significance

Relevant assessment criteria

This is a place of local heritage significance and meets one or more of the local heritage criteria under the Heritage planning scheme policy of the Brisbane City Plan 2014. It is significant because:






References

  1. John H.C. McClurg, Historical Sketches of Brisbane, p. 24

  2. Post Office Directories.


Information prepared by — Brisbane City Council (page revised September 2020)

Interwar 1919-1939
Free Style
Hotel (pub)
At 640 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102
At 640 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102 L5_RP20298; L4_RP20298
Historical, Rarity, Representative, Aesthetic, Aesthetic