Heritage Register

Place Details

Royal Exchange Hotel

Summary

This late nineteenth century hotel is the work of an important Brisbane architect, Richard Gailey, and by virtue of its position and distinctive architectural design, is a landmark in the commercial centre of Toowong. As a continuously functioning hotel for over 115 years it has a strong social significance for the Toowong area. The Royal Exchange Building was built as an adjunct to the hotel in the interwar period. This commercial building and automobile garage was designed by notable interwar Brisbane architect G.F. Addison and, by virtue of its prominent position and simple, effective architectural design, is a landmark in the commercial centre of Toowong.

Significance

  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    as it is illustrative of the development of Toowong during the 1880s.

  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    as an interwar commercial building and purpose built automobile garage erected at the commercial centre of Toowong.

  • d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places

    as it is an existing building purpose designed as a hotel dating from the 1880s.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as it is a late nineteenth century hotel of distinctive appearance located in a prominent position on High Street giving it landmark qualities.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as a it is an interwar commercial building of distinctive appearance located on a prominent corner of High Street giving it landmark qualities.

  • g) It 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 it is a hotel where Toowong residents have met and socialized since the mid 1880s.

  • 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 it is an example of the hotel design work of the important and influential architect, and resident of Toowong, Richard Gailey.

  • 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 an example of the commercial design work of interwar architect George Frederick Addison.

Place details
Royal Exchange Building
At 22 High Street , TOOWONG, 4066
Categories: Accommodation - Hotel
Retailing - Shop/s
Event(s): Constructed circa 1884-1885 - Royal Exchange Hotel
Constructed in 1927 - Royal Exchange Building
Period(s): Boom (1880-1892)
Interwar (1919-1939)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry
Roof - Corrugated iron
People involved: Architect - Richard Gailey - Royal Exchange Hotel
Architect - George Frederick Addison - Royal Exchange Building
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Royal Exchange Hotel


(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)



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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 8888.

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