The construction of this shop and office building in 1900 for general merchant Alfred Moon marked the expansion of retail premises into Adelaide Street. The building was designed by architects Addison and Corrie, and is the only remaining example of work produced during their short partnership. A large variety of notable businesses tenanted the building throughout the twentieth century including Brisbane’s first commercial radio station 4BC, The Sun newspaper and undertakers Cannon & Cripps. It was also the site of Queensland’s first Chandlers electrical store. Moon’s Building survives today as the only example of a brick, triple gabled commercial building remaining in Brisbane.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as a multi-storey retail building that led the way for the spread of Brisbane’s shopping precinct out from Queen Street and into Adelaide Street at the beginning of the twentieth century.
b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage
as the only triple-gabled, three-storey, brick commercial building remaining in Brisbane.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
because of its architectural quality and harmonious proportions, its simple, elegant decorative details and its landmark presence within this section of Adelaide Street.
At 43 Adelaide Street , BRISBANE CITY, 4000
Retailing - Shop/s
Industry - Commerce
Communication - Press
Constructed in 1900
Federation - Anglo-Dutch
Walls - Masonry - Face brick
Architect - Addison and Corrie
Builder - Thomas Rees and Son
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