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Residence 'Florence House'


'Florence House’ was built 1874 by and for Henry Holmes (builder of Brisbane Girls Grammar plus the Boys Grammar’s boarding houses). This terrace house was built as a rental property for gentlemen working in Brisbane’s nearby commercial centre. Terrace Houses were an uncommon building style in Brisbane and very few remain. This is the only remaining example of a nineteenth century terrace house constructed as a single (rather than as part of a row) residence in Brisbane.


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

    as the oldest masonry terrace house in the only Brisbane street containing multiple terrace houses.

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

    as Brisbane’s only stand-alone nineteenth century terrace house.

  • c) It has potential to yield information that will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the City's or local area's history

    having occupied the same site since 1874.

Place details
At 256 Petrie Terrace , PETRIE TERRACE, 4000
Categories: Accommodation - Terrace House
Event(s): Constructed in 1874
Period(s): Settlement (1842-1879)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry
People involved: Builder - Henry Holmes
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Residence 'Florence House'

(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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