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Coorparoo Fire Station (former)

  • 600569
  • 219 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo


State Heritage
Register status
Date entered
11 June 2003
Emergency services / fire control: Fire brigade station
6.3 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings: Developing urban services and amenities
Atkinson & Conrad
Construction period
1935, Coorparoo Fire Station (former) (1935 - 1935)
Historical period
1919–1930s Interwar period


219 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo
Brisbane City Council
-27.49664041, 153.06022387


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

The Former Coorparoo Fire Station is an important example of the upgrading of fire stations undertaken in Brisbane suburbs by the Queensland Government through the Metropolitan Fire Board during the 1930s. The building was in continuous use as a fire station from 1935 to 1976 and is important as the first of and model for the group of fire stations designed and constructed during this upgrade.

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

The Former Coorparoo Fire Station is an important example of the architecture and planning of Brisbane suburban fire stations of the 1930s incorporating offices and engine room to the ground floor and a residence to the first floor. The interiors in both the operational and domestic areas reflect the operation of 1930s fire stations and are substantially intact.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

The Former Coorparoo Fire Station has aesthetic and architectural significance as a former modest, functional civic building. Robust and austere, with its simple horizontal banding and use of readily available materials, it is easily identified in the streetscape. A landmark on Cavendish Road, the former fire station is sympathetic in scale, form and materials to its residential setting.

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 Former Coorparoo Fire Station is a fine example of the work of the architectural firm Atkinson and Conrad. Atkinson, through the firms he was associated with, sustained a long association with the Fire Services in Brisbane commencing in 1890 with his design for the new headquarters for the Brisbane Fire Brigade. His architectural practices were responsible for many of the fire stations throughout Brisbane. It is a proto-Modern building and elements evident in the design may have been influential in popularising their use.


The summary information for this place is currently under review.


The summary information for this place is currently under review.

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Location of Coorparoo Fire Station (former) within Queensland
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Last updated
20 January 2016
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