This property was constructed circa 1891 by the Grenier family, who were significant South Brisbane landholders and business operators. Ellen Grenier built the house in 1891 as upmarket rental accommodation and named it ‘Franklin Villa’ in honour of her deceased husband. Retaining its original purpose as an investment property, the history of ‘Franklin Villa’ has mirrored the ebb and flow of Highgate Hill’s economic circumstances. Prior to World War One, well paid government officials such as Archibald Meston, the official Protector of the Aborigines, leased the house and from 1914 to 1924 it was rented and later owned by local storekeeper Henry Neylan. After World War Two, the house was converted into three modest flats and is still registered as a multiple dwelling. This unique house makes a fine contribution to the Brighton Road streetscape.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as an 1890s investment property that was built for the top end of the rental market, demonstrating the pattern of the City and Highgate Hill’s urban development in the late nineteenth century.
d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
as a surviving example of the elegant homes that were built specifically for the rental market in the South Brisbane area in the late nineteenth century.
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 a home constructed for the Grenier family who were prominent members of the South Brisbane community, and as the former residence of Archibald Meston, Protector of Aborigines.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
as an attractive, late Victorian timber house that makes a fine contribution to the streetscape.
At 35 Brighton Road , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Accommodation - Villa
Accommodation - Flat/s
Constructed circa 1891
Walls - Timber
Roof - Corrugated iron
Significant occupant - Grenier family
Significant occupant - Archibald Meston
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