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Walter Reid Building facade


The Walter Reid Building was designed by Brisbane architect George Cowlishaw and constructed in 1883 as a warehouse for merchants Brabant and Co. In 1907, Walter Reid and Co. purchased the building and occupied it from at least 1915 until 1982 when the building was sold. Although the building was demolished in the 1980s due to structural instability, the façade still survives and serves as an example of the development of Charlotte Street as a warehouse and light industry precinct in Brisbane from the 1880s.


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

    as a good example of the development of Charlotte Street as a warehousing precinct from the 1880s.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as the façade survives as a good example of the Victorian Academic Classical style of architecture applied to a warehouse building, providing a sense of solidity, permanency and aesthetic appeal.

  • 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 one of the few buildings that can be attributed to notable architect George Cowlishaw while in partnership with his brother James.

Place details
Brabant & Co Building
At 163 Charlotte Street , BRISBANE CITY, 4000
Categories: Streetscape - Feature
Event(s): Constructed in 1883
Period(s): Boom (1880-1892)
Style(s): Victorian - Academic Classical
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry
People involved: Architect - George Cowlishaw
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Walter Reid Building 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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