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This residence was built between 1939-40 for accountant George Giles of accountancy firm Giles & Grant. It was designed by prominent Brisbane architect Mervyn Rylance who created some of his most influential designs in the 1930s. Rylance won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Qld) 'Small Homes Competition' in 1935. Completed in 1940, it was one of the few private homes built and completed during World War Two. A matching brick garage was added to the Giles’ family home in 1947.


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

    being one of the last homes in Highgate Hill completed during the early years of World War Two. In the early 1940s wartime measures caused a hiatus in house construction.

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

    as an example of an interwar 'Old English' style and one of only three Mervyn Rylance houses built in Highgate Hill.

  • f) It is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technological achievement at a particular period

    as an interwar house of a modest scale designed in response to the financial constraints of the 1930s. It contrasts with other examples of Rylance houses at Hamilton and Ascot.

  • 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

    being designed by the prominent 1930s Brisbane architect Mervyn Rylance.

Place details
At 147 Dornoch Terrace , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Categories: Accommodation - House
Event(s): Constructed between 1939-1940
Constructed in 1947 - Garage
Period(s): Interwar (1919-1939)
Style(s): Interwar - Old English
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Face brick
Roof - Tile - Terracotta
People involved: Architect - Mervyn Hamilton Rylance
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Residence 1

(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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