Heritage Register

Place Details

Residence 'Franklin Villa'


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.

Place details
At 35 Brighton Road , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Categories: Accommodation - Villa
Accommodation - Flat/s
Event(s): Constructed circa 1891
Period(s): Boom (1880-1892)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Timber
Roof - Corrugated iron
People involved: Significant occupant - Grenier family
Significant occupant - Archibald Meston
(Hold mouse over image to enlarge)
Residence 'Franklin Villa'

(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)

Return to search results

Search again?

Print this page. Printer friendly
Contact us Contact us
Heritage Register menu
Search (basic)
Search (advanced)
Help with searching
Legal information
Terms and conditions
Legal disclaimer
Copyright Issues
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.

Page created on: Sun Aug 25 00:09:36 AEST 2019