The planned route and architecture had been selected by my hard-core modernist friend Chris, so that we could view designs by Brisbane architects such as Hayes & Scott, Karl Langer, Douglas & Barnes and Donald Spencer.
There were about 24 of us and we visited nine places of interest, three of which were mod churches.
|Baptistery at Holy Family Church 1961|
Stained Glass design by Andrew Sibley
It was certainly a different way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Brisbane is not well known for its modernist architecture, but it does exist if you look long and hard enough.
Most of it is unappreciated which is unfortunate. And the homes are usually knocked down because they are usually on prized parcels of land and new Tuscan villas are erected in their place.
We were able to have a very good look at one fabulous Hayes & Scott home in Indooroopilly which is a deceased estate with the original furniture. It will be torn down soon to be redeveloped. It was the home which broke everyone's heart because it could be a gem again with the right owners. (Sadly, there is no photo of it)
So, here is a quick pictorial of some of the groovy places we saw on the tour.
|Wiener House 1954 designed by Edwin Hayes|
Located in St Lucia, it is still owned by the original owner who used to own a fashion boutique in the City.
|Langer House 1950 designed by Karl Langer|
This house is located in St Lucia. Originally the house would have been cutting edge for Brisbane in 1950.
|Karana Village 1969 designed by Donald Spencer & Spencer|
Brisbane's first town-house development located in Toowong. The blue and brown brick was funky.
|Russell House 1954 designed by Campbell Scott|
Located in Indooroopilly. This house is owned by an Heritage architect. We found out because she came out, wondering why 24 people were gathered on the footpath looking at her home!
|Holy Family Catholic Church 1961 designed by Douglas & Barnes|
This is located in Indooroopilly. It is an amazing concrete structure which is in disrepair, as there is severe concrete cancer and rust. The parish is fundraising to help restore it.
All images are courtesy of Chris Osborne who organised a great afternoon.