‘Ravenscraig’ was built in 1941 for businessman and state politician Arthur Bruce Pie and was the venue for discussions between Pie and Robert Menzies about the creation of the Liberal Party. Designed by prominent Brisbane architect Mervyn H. Rylance, it is reminiscent of the American ranch style and may be the last grand home constructed in Brisbane in World War II before wartime restrictions caused the cessation of non-military building projects. Other prominent residents of ‘Ravenscraig’ have included former University of Queensland Deputy Chancellor August Gehrmann and chemist chain owner Max Talbot.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as a grand rural retreat built during World War II that indicates Aspley’s development from farming community to affluent postwar suburb.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
as a grand, American ranch style house designed by prominent Brisbane architect Mervyn H. Rylance.
b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage
as one of the last grand homes to be built in Brisbane during World War II before wartime shortages overran the local building industry.
h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history
as a house built for businessman and prominent conservative politician Albert Bruce Pie; and as a house designed by prominent Brisbane architect Mervyn H. Rylance.
NOTE: The purpose of this report is
to provide a general reference source of information
about the main historical and descriptive features that
contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage
place. It is based on available evidence and may be
re-assessed if further information becomes available.
It is NOT an official report and does not in any way
replace the official Heritage Register entry, which
can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner
should undertake a thorough conservation study of the
heritage place before any action is taken which may
affect its significance as a heritage listed place.
For further information please phone Council on 3403