The original building on this site was constructed in 1889 for Behr Raphael Lewin and leased upon completion to merchants and importers Adolphus Marcus Hertzberg, Charles Samuel Van Millingen, Abraham Hertzberg and Benjamin Cohen. It was designed by notable Brisbane architect John Jacob Cohen and the surviving façade remains as a fine example of the Victorian Mannerist style of architecture. Throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the building continued to be tenanted by a variety of commercial businesses but in 1988 the building was removed, leaving only the façade intact. A new building has since been built adjoining the original façade.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as an example of commercial development in Charlotte Street in the 1880s.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
as this ornate façade presents a fine example of the Victorian Mannerist style of architecture and make an aesthetically significant contribution to the streetscape of Charlotte Street.
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 building designed by prominent architect John Jacob Cohen who is notable for a number of commercial and domestic designs in Brisbane.
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