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Mooneys Building

  • 600130
  • 130-132 Mary Street, Brisbane City

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
22 June 1993
Type
Retail, wholesale, services: Warehouse
Themes
3.8 Developing secondary and tertiary industries: Marketing, retailing and service industries
7.6 Maintaining order: Defending the country
Architect
Stanley, Francis Drummond Greville
Builder
Martin, James S
Construction period
1883, Mooneys Building (1883 - 1883)
Historical period
1870s–1890s Late 19th century
Style
Italianate

Location

Address
130-132 Mary Street, Brisbane City
LGA
Brisbane City Council
Coordinates
-27.4711102, 153.02802077

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

Mooneys Building is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of an 1880s stone warehouse with its facade designed in Italianate style.

In its style, scale and materials, Mooneys Building exhibits a contribution to the immediate streetscape, which includes Perkins Stables [600129] and 138 Mary Street [600131], which is valued by the community.

The building has a special association with former Queensland colonial architect FDG Stanley, as an example of his commercial work.

Criterion DThe place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

Mooneys Building is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of an 1880s stone warehouse with its facade designed in Italianate style.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

In its style, scale and materials, Mooneys Building exhibits a contribution to the immediate streetscape, which includes Perkins Stables [600129] and 138 Mary Street [600131], which is valued by the community.

Criterion HThe place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

The building has a special association with former Queensland colonial architect FDG Stanley, as an example of his commercial work.

History

This warehouse was erected in 1883 for William Mooney, a Brisbane wholesale and retail tobacconist. Designed by former Queensland colonial architect Francis Drummond Greville Stanley, it was constructed by J S Martin for approximately £3,000.

In 1891 the building was transferred to William Perry (of Perry Bros, ironmongers), who died soon after the change of ownership, and for more than twenty years the property remained in Perry's trust estate. In 1901, manufacturing chemists Taylor & Colledge occupied the building. From 1908 to 1919 the building was tenanted by John M Mooney a crockery, cutlery, glassware and general merchant. In August 1919 the Commonwealth of Australia purchased the building from the Perry estate trustees for £6500. At the time the building was described as an old but substantial building in good condition. . . There is no ceiling or lining and the walls of stone and heavy beams and posts of ironbark are exposed.

Since mid-1915 the Australian Government had been planning a repatriation scheme for the hundreds of thousands of soldiers expected to return from the war. Newly-formed state war councils were charged with various responsibilities aimed at settling returned soldiers into peace time occupations. The permanent body responsible for soldier resettlement, the Repatriation Department, was formed in April 1918, and the Queensland Branch moved into Mooneys Building in the following year. The branch administered soldier employment, training for trades, medical and general assistance to soldiers as well as provision of welfare to soldiers and/or families of soldiers killed or incapacitated.

The Repatriation Department remained in the building until the 1950s. The building was subsequently occupied by another defence authority, the Recruiting Directorate. In 1980, the property was bought by the current owners.

Description

This is a two-storeyed stone building with a basement. It adjoins Perkins Stables (600129), and a laneway between 138 Mary Street (600131), and has Charlotte House (600082) and Harrolds Marine (600081) located behind addressing Charlotte Street.

The building is divided into two symmetrical portions that reflect the original subdivision of land. The rendered facade is designed with restrained moulded Italianate detailing of predominantly horizontal banding. The facade is divided horizontally by a string course and vertically by pilasters. There are three arched openings on both levels of each section. Decorative elements include architraves, pilasters, keystones, horizontal mouldings, rosettes ornamental urns and triangular pediments centrally placed in the parapet.

The side and rear walls of the building are unrendered porphyry (Brisbane Tuff) with some sandstone. Openings appear to have been made to the laneway on both levels. At the rear, the gable roof forms of both portions of the building are clearly expressed. All but one of the upper level openings have been changed, however the original brick archways for the openings remain.

Internally the building retains much of its post and beam timber structure, with floors supported by timber joists separated by herring-bone strutting. The roof structure is exposed timber trusses. The interior of the building otherwise incorporates modern office partitioning.

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Location

Location of Mooneys Building within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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