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The Bonded Stores in Margaret Street consist of three heritage buildings… O’Reilly’s Bonded Stores, The Free Stores and Hotpoint House. The middle structure has ‘O’Reilly’s Bonded Stores Estd 1864′ written on the facade, however this building was actually constructed in 1913. This makes it 100 years old, the same age as the oldest of the Teneriffe Woolstores.
Despite their age and beauty these buildings are not heritage protected. In mid-December an application has been made for their demolition to create a temporary park.
This is because developers have to create a park if there will be a significant period of time between demolition and construction.
To destroy 100 years of our precious built environment heritage for a temporary park is unacceptable. The greenspace provided would only be temporary, the loss would be permanent.
The Bonded Stores are beautiful buildings, their demolition would destroy an almost fully intact heritage streetscape only one block from the Botanic Gardens in the CBD. The two neighbouring buildings (Watson’s Buildings, 1887 and HB Sales Building, 1912) are state heritage listed. Together, these five buildings provide a rare example of the evolution of warehouse architecture and our state’s early industrial heritage from 1887 to 1923.
We are not against development of the site but the existing facades at least should be retained as a podium for any new tower development. We hope the developers and project architect Noel Robinson will have a change of heart. Why not make use of the beautiful brick facades, windows and especially the ‘O’Reilly’s Bonded Stores Estd 1864′ typography? It would make for an incredible restaurant space, entrance to a foyer or ground floor retail. The patina is irreplaceable.
Brisbane has lost so much of its character, we must preserve what we have left. We encourage the developers Sam and Paul Chong to build something unique and not create just another concrete tower. The knock ‘em down approach to old buildings belongs in the Bjelke-Petersen era, not 2014. There is a better way.
If you want to live in a city that retains its character then please get involved!