Brisbane opens its doors
Fifty of Brisbane’s most intriguing buildings will open their doors and reveal long-kept secrets to the public at this year’s Brisbane Open House on 6 October.
The free event promises something for everyone with an additional 20 buildings of historic and modern architectural importance added to the must-see list. These include the newly-completed 111 Eagle Street, News Queensland Media Centre, the historic Windmill at Spring Hill, Roma Street Fire Station, the recently completed Supreme & District Court and Tara House (Irish Club).
Favourites such as the Masonic Memorial Temple, Brisbane City Hall, Queensland Museum, Mercy Heritage Centre and Hassell Architecture Studio will be reopened to the public again.
Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton said the event would help to enrich people’s understanding of Brisbane – its heritage and its evolution – by encouraging them to explore, examine and engage with the city’s unique built environment.
“2011 was our second year and it was an overwhelming success with almost 17,500 visits to 30 buildings on the day. We’re looking forward to making the third year more popular with our highly-diverse list of iconic buildings,” Mr Middleton said.
Organisers are calling for volunteers to help with the guided tours. Last year more than 300 locals donated their time to Brisbane Open House, showing residents around Brisbane’s hidden treasures.
People wishing to volunteer, learn more about Brisbane Open House, or view the full building list can visit www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au.