The block on which this house stands was originally part of the St Kilda Estate, first offered in the 1860s and with sales continuing at least until the early 1900s. This unusual masonry middle class house with two-storey tower and parapet was built in 1899 or 1900 for Henry Sawyer and his wife Charlotte Isabel Sawyer. Sawyer was Deputy Shipping Master at the time, and rose to Government Shipping Master in 1902. While Annerley was a comparatively slow-developing suburb with many allotments remaining vacant up to the interwar period, the availability of an electrified tram service to Brisbane along Ipswich Road allowed professionals like Sawyer to readily commute between their homes and workplaces, prompting them to consider establishing homes in the area. In Sawyer's case the tram line ran conveniently past the bottom of Young Street and had been newly electrified at the time he built his house.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as it is a masonry, middle class house built by a Brisbane professional in a locale where easy access to the city had been provided by the electrification of the tram line.
b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage
for its unusual design which includes a striking two-story tower with parapet.
At 17 Young Street , ANNERLEY, 4103
Accommodation - House
Constructed circa 1899-1900
Victorian - Italianate
Walls - Masonry - Painted brick
Roof - Corrugated iron
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