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St Columban's Christian Brothers College, Whytecliffe, Highlands (former)

Summary

This site comprises three buildings of heritage significance. Highlands is one of the earliest surviving residences in the Albion area. It was constructed in 1869 for Benjamin Brookes and was incorporated into the Christian Brothers College in 1926. O’Driscoll Hall was the first purpose-built school structures for the Christian Brothers St Columban’s College, opened in 1928. Whytecliffe was constructed in 1876 and was designed by prominent Architect F.D.G. Stanley as an elite private residence for Queensland's Crown Solicitor Robert Little. It too was eventually incorporated into the Christian Brothers College, being purchased in 1959.

Significance

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

    as Highlands is an early house constructed when Albion was a rural area outside Brisbane.

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

    as Whytecliffe is an early elite residence built on a large estate before Albion emerged as a suburb of Brisbane.

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

    as O’Driscoll Hall was the first purpose-built building erected on the Christian Brothers College site.

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

    as Highlands a surviving early brick two-storey house and is one of the earliest surviving houses in the area.

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

    as Whytecliffe is a rare, early private residence executed in brick, designed by important Brisbane Architect F.D.G. Stanley and built by noted builder John Petrie.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as O’Driscoll Hall is a prominently sited, substantial and attractive masonry block building executed in brick and tile with landmark qualities.

  • g) It has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons

    as O’Driscoll Hall is a former purpose-built Christian Brothers’ school that was in continuous use for almost 70 years providing education to generations of students.

  • 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 Whytecliffe is a private residence designed by prominent Brisbane architect by F.D.G. Stanley.

Place details
At 469 Sandgate Road , ALBION, 4010
Categories: Accommodation - House
Education - College
Event(s): Constructed in 1869 - Highlands House
Constructed in 1876 - Whytecliffe House
Constructed in 1927 - O'Driscoll Hall College
Period(s): Settlement (1842-1879)
Interwar (1919-1939)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Face brick
People involved: Architect - Francis Drummond Greville Stanley - Whytecliffe House
Architect - Hennessy, Hennessy and Co. - O'Driscoll Hall College
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O'Driscoll Hall College


(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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