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Carmel Court


The block of flats ‘Carmel Court’ was built in 1938. Despite the economic downturn caused by the Great Depression (1929-39), the South Brisbane area experienced a minor building boom where a few modern flats or apartments were constructed for a workforce that wanted to live in the inner-city suburbs. ‘Carmel Court’ was built as an investment property for successful Fortitude Valley tailor Morris Lieboff. Constructed in the popular Interwar Art-Deco style and close to tram lines, it offered a modern alternative to the often drab boarding houses, converted from nineteenth century residences, that were then the norm for Brisbane rental accommodation.


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

    as a purpose-built late 1930s block of flats responding to a demand for greater density in the inner suburbs.

  • d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places

    for its intactness as a 1930s block of flats of the then modern design.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as a good example of the Art Deco style, common in the Interwar period, as applied to a multi-residential building.

  • 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

    for its long association with the tailor firm and current owners the Leiboff family.

Place details
At 3 Hampstead Road , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Categories: Accommodation - Flat/s
Event(s): Constructed in 1938
Period(s): Interwar (1919-1939)
Style(s): Interwar - Art Deco
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry
People involved: Association - Morris Lieboff
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Carmel Court

(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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