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Pan Australia House facade


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.

Place details
Cowan House
At 120 Charlotte Street , BRISBANE CITY, 4000
Categories: Streetscape - Feature
Event(s): Constructed in 1889
Period(s): Boom (1880-1892)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry
People involved: Architect - John Jacob Cohen
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Pan Australia House facade

(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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