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Embassy Hotel


The Embassy Hotel was built in 1928 during Brisbane’s interwar building boom. It is one of eight remaining pre-World War II corner hotels in Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD), and the only one erected during the interwar period. Designed in the Interwar Commercial Palazzo style, the building is an unusual example of architect Jack Donoghue’s work and, along with Invicta House and Pioneer House, provides the south side intersection of Edward and Elizabeth Street with a distinct interwar presence.


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

    as a four-storey corner hotel erected during the CBD building boom of the 1920s.

Place details
At 178 Edward Street , BRISBANE CITY, 4000
Categories: Accommodation - Hotel
Event(s): Constructed in 1928
Period(s): Interwar (1919-1939)
Style(s): Interwar - Commercial Palazzo
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Face brick
People involved: Architect - John Patrick (Jack) Donoghue
Builder - A. J. Dickinson
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Hotel Embassy

(Last updated - 31 Jan 2017)

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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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