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Shingle Inn


The Shingle Inn was built in 1936 in the City, then Brisbane’s premier shopping precinct. The tearooms and kitchen were established in the ground floor and basement of one of the four shopfronts of the existing City Building (built 1888) situated at the corner of Edward and Adelaide Streets. The new café occupied the second shopfront from the Adelaide Street corner with its entrance facing Edward Street. The Shingle Inn was built for prominent Brisbane bakers David Webster & Co which established over 20 local refreshment rooms and cake shops. Designed in Mock Tudor style by Hall & Phillips, the Shingle Inn was to resemble an English wayside house. This gave it the unique character that made the cafe a Brisbane icon. With the demolition of the City Building for the Queen’s Plaza development in 2002, the Shingle Inn’s fixtures were removed and placed in storage until being installed in the refurbished City Hall in April 2013.


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

    as a notable City refreshment room that gained iconic status due to its popularity with the US forces during World War II as well as with Brisbane residents for 66 years.

  • b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage

    as a unique Brisbane tea room designed in English Tudor style.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as a Pullman style café design featuring Old English style interior features such as Beale Venner.

  • 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

    being an interwar tea room purpose built for prominent bakers David Webster & Co.

Place details
254 Edward St., Brisbane
At 64 Adelaide Street (Formerly 254 Edward Street), BRISBANE CITY, 4000
Categories: Retailing - Shop/s
Event(s): Constructed in 1936
Period(s): Interwar (1919-1939)
People involved: Architect - Hall and Phillips
Association - David Webster & Co
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Shingle Inn

(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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