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Astrea

  • 600341
  • 19 Bank Street, West End

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
21 October 1992
Type
Residential: Duplex
Theme
6.4 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings: Dwellings
Architect
Ibler, John
Construction period
1888, Astrea (1888c - 1888c)
Historical period
1870s–1890s Late 19th century

Location

Address
19 Bank Street, West End
LGA
Brisbane City Council
Coordinates
-27.47766071, 153.00956595

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Significance

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

Astrea at West End, erected c1888, is significant as a rare Brisbane example of a pair of semi-detached timber houses built in the late 19th century, and as an example of a speculative multiple housing venture of the 1880s boom period. They are important also in illustrating the development of West End in the years prior to the floods of 1890 and 1893.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

Astrea at West End, erected c1888, is significant as a rare Brisbane example of a pair of semi-detached timber houses built in the late 19th century, and as an example of a speculative multiple housing venture of the 1880s boom period.

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

Astrea at West End, erected c1888, is significant as a rare Brisbane example of a pair of semi-detached timber houses built in the late 19th century, and as an example of a speculative multiple housing venture of the 1880s boom period.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

Astrea has considerable aesthetic appeal, and contributes significantly to the historic West End townscape.

History

Astrea, a two-storeyed timber building, was constructed c1888 as a pair of semi-detached houses. The architect may have been John Ibler, who in February 1888 called tenders for a pair of semi-detached brick and wood residences in Bank Street.

They were erected for Fedder Jensen as an investment, and rented to white collar tenants. These included his son Magnus, a solicitor and Queensland MLC 1904-15, who is first listed in the post office directories as resident on the east side of Bank Street in 1888. In 1909 the building was sold to Thomas and Harriet Walters, who converted it into a single residence, and possibly gave it the name Astrea.

After falling into a state of disrepair Astrea was sold in 1981 and refurbished as a pair of semi-detached houses.

Description

Astrea is a pair of two-storeyed semi-detached timber houses.

A double-storeyed verandah runs across the front of the building. This is ornately decorated with cast-iron valances, posts, frieze and balusters. The building has a single hipped roof in corrugated iron.

The separate identity of each house is highlighted by a small gable at either end of the top verandah, each with an intricate fretwork pediment. These are supported by double columns which continue down to the lower level and flank the entry on the ground floor.

Leadlight fan and sidelights surround the cedar panelled front doors. The internal joinery is also cedar.

During the conversion to a house, the brick party wall was opened and one staircase was removed. Recent refurbishment has included the replacement of these features as well as double-storeyed additions at the rear.

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Location

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