This former Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ashton Street was opened in April 1902. Constructed by John Greene the building replaced the former church in nearby Wilde Street, which had become too small for the congregation. The church originally provided accommodation for 200 people and was extended in 1957. The hall next door was erected in 1928. In 1977 it became a Uniting Church when the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches amalgamated. The building continued to be used as a Methodist church until sold in the early 1990s and is now a private residence.
Constructed by John Greene, the father of a future Mayor of Wynnum and Lord Mayor of Brisbane, the building replaced the former church in nearby Wilde Street which had become too small for the congregation. The attractive building survives as a substantially intact example of a Carpenter Gothic timber and tin church and has considerable aesthetic appeal.
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:
The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the city's or local area’s history
built in 1902 as the second Wesleyan Methodist Church in Wynnum.
The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
as a substantially intact example of a late nineteenth century Carpenter Gothic church.
The place has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
as a church that served the spiritual needs of the Methodist community in the Wynnum area for over 90 years.
Brisbane City Council Water Supply & Sewerage Detail Plans
Department of Natural Resources, Queensland Certificate of Titles
Queensland Post Office Directories
Brisbane Courier, 15 April 1902 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/19157784
Citation prepared by — Brisbane City Council (page revised June 2022)