Westbourne St. 1930s Architecture

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), Tuesday 20 Sept

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), Tuesday 20 Sept

Courier-Mail (Brisbane) 20 September 1938 (TROVE)

Fibre cement was invented by the Austrian Ludwig Hatschek late in the 19th century. However, in 1938, the use of fibro-cement in house construction was relatively new to Brisbane. It had been in use in Australia from around 1910. This article,   for example describes the commencement of manufacture in Victoria in 1913.

The common availability of fibro-cement facilitated the introduction of domestic architectural styles differing from those common in the city, contrasting strongly with common traditional wood construction.

The architectural features of this house included a strong emphasis on horizontal lines, made possible by use of sheets of fibro-cement and a concealed roof.

Westbourne Street Highgate Hill

Courier-Mail (Brisbane) 20 September 1938 (TROVE)

 

Highgate hill flats 1938

The flats in 2015

The imposing fence seen in the photograph belonged to the extensive property associated with the  house known as “Tevenen” and later “Le Jardin”. The house is still standing although it is in very poor condition. The fence extends for around 150 metres down Westbourne Street. 

le jardin highgate hill

Trevenen/Le Jardin ca 1899 showing the imposing fence

The original property was broken up, as was that belonging to the house  “Tarong”, mentioned in a previous post, A Strawberry Afternoon Tea Highgate Hill 1905.   As a result of subsequent redevelopment, Westbourne Street has a row of 1930s and 40s buildings.

westbourne Street Highgate Hill

Westbourne Street in 2017

Another Westbourne Street development was featured in an article appearing in the Telegraph the following year.

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Westbourne street highgate hill 1939

The Telegraph (Brisbane) 14 November 1939 (TROVE)

The article goes on to describe the design of the building.

The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Tuesday 14 Novembe

The Telegraph (Brisbane) 14 November 1939 (Trove)

The floors were largely of kiln seasoned red stringy bark and the décor a neutral cream, reminiscent of common colour schemes today.

Westbourne street Highgate Hill

The  owners’ section included five bed rooms, living-dining room, kitchen and bathroom  and separate toilet whilst the flat section included two bedrooms.

Westbourne Street

This house is also still standing. Part of Le Jardin’s original fence mentioned above can  been seen in the photo below.

Westbourne Street Highgate Hill Maisonette 1939

The Maisonette in 2017

FIBRO-CEMENT FLAT CONSTRUCTION (1938, September 20). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 – 1954), p. 8 (Second Section.). Retrieved February 6, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38721408

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1983096

For BETTER HOMES (1939, November 14). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 – 1947), p. 14 (CITY FINAL LAST MINUTE NEWS). Retrieved February 6, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article184390021

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page19954974

2 thoughts on “Westbourne St. 1930s Architecture

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