‘Merkara’ is one of three identical two-storey homes constructed in Franklin Street in 1888 for the Honourable Hedley Strutt, Chief Clerk in the Office of the Civil Service. The houses were built as investment rental properties for respectable middle class tenants and together make a fine contribution to the streetscape.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as it reflects the residential boom of the 1880s and the perception of South Brisbane as a desirable residential area for the middle class in the late nineteenth century.
d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
as one of a group of three houses built in the 1880s as investment rental properties for respectable middle class tenants.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
for its attractive design which contributes to the streetscape, especially when considered in conjunction with its neighbours 17 and 21 Franklin Street.
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