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Apothecaries Hall (former)


This two-storey brick building was constructed circa 1864 for local chemist and surgical dentist Moses Ward who arrived in Brisbane from England in 1862. It functioned as a chemist and dispensary until 1888, and has since been leased by numerous small businesses. It survives as one of the oldest, intact commercial buildings in Fortitude Valley.


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

    for the evidence it provides about the residential and commercial development of Fortitude Valley in the 1860s; and, as it reflects Fortitude Valley’s early pattern of subdivision into small, narrow fronted lots and service lanes.

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

    as one of the oldest, intact commercial buildings in Fortitude Valley.

  • d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places

    as one of Brisbane’s earliest examples of a building with professional rooms below and private residence above.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    for its contribution to the streetscape, particularly in conjunction with 694 Ann Street.

Place details
Downes Shoes
At 690 Ann Street , FORTITUDE VALLEY, 4006
Categories: People - Health
Event(s): Constructed circa 1864
Period(s): Settlement (1842-1879)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Face brick
Roof - Corrugated iron
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Apothecaries Hall (former)

(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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