What are the Bonded Stores?

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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 spaceentrance 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!

The Free Stores Facade

The Free Stores Facade

The side of The Free Stores towards George St.  Why destroy such a great laneway?

The side of The Free Stores towards George St. Why destroy such a great laneway?

The Bonded Stores Facade

The Bonded Stores Facade

Hotpoint House (1922), O'Reilly's Bonded Stores (1913) and The Freestores (1913).

Hotpoint House (1922), O’Reilly’s Bonded Stores (1913) and The Freestores (1913).

 

The neighbouring HB Sales building.  Constructed in 1912 and heritage protected

The neighbouring HB Sales building. Constructed in 1912 and heritage protected

 

The Watson's Building in the foreground and the smaller HB Sales Building to the right are heritage listed.  Demolishing the Bonded Stores to the right would destroy a heritage streetscape in the CBD

The Watson’s Building in the foreground and the smaller HB Sales Building to the right are heritage listed. Demolishing the Bonded Stores to the right would destroy a heritage streetscape in the CBD

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  • January 7, 2014

    Val Nunn

    Is this a Chinese developer – Sam Chong? Well, ‘out with the old, on with the new’ has left some Asian countries quite denuded of any real heritage items – and they are now scrambling to claw back some relics of an ‘authentic past’.
    Why should Australia be subjected to the same fate? We love our country and our heritage and we want to preserve our history for posterity. It is part of our identity and that of future generations to come.
    It would be a great shame if our heritage was to be sold off to cashed up foreign bidders whose only real interest is money in the bank.

  • January 7, 2014

    Terrance Hayes

    The Bondstores should be saved and included in a heritage precinct extending toward the botanic gardens and up onto George street and the council’s proposed new heritage areas of William street; as a professional driver I often come down Margaret Street and view the Bondstores and think of an older Brisbane that has all but disappeared; they definitely need to be preserved for posterity and any responsible government or council would implement their preservation.

  • January 7, 2014

    Barry Mengel

    What is going on? Some wonderful old buildings about to be reduced to rubble for a temporary park that will eventually be another concrete and glass monstrosity …
    So many of Queenslands earliest buildings were timber structures that were ravaged by white ants.. But we also have wonderful brick and sandstone buildings in most cities and regional towns that have stood the ravages of time…
    Do we really need to see less of these in the name of “development”?
    Surely a blend of the old and the new would be ideal..
    The thing that really sticks in my throat is the ” no appeal process” if this madness is given the green light.
    What’s next on the agenda?

  • January 7, 2014

    David

    Too many old buildings have been demolished over the last twenty or more years, please leave these alone.

  • January 7, 2014

    Tahnee

    I myself have modeled in front of the buildings you can tell by the pictures show here how great they look. I love them. We should try and hold on to buildings like these ones. Stop always think about the future and leave a but of the past right where it is for future generations to appreciate.

  • January 7, 2014

    adam wallace

    we already lost the regent theatre in the city cause of this bullshit, leave it alone, keep ya souless projects to your self !

  • January 9, 2014

    Terry Wendt

    No way you can not destroy these old buildings (EST 1864) that are full of heritage, once they are knocked down that’s the end of there history there will be no more you will never get them back and you will only see them in photos, this is totally unacceptable it has to stop now. The Mayor Graham Quirk and our Premier Campbell Newman and others need to step in immediately even if there on holidays and have discussions with heritage advisers, the national trust,and the general public etc, all the mistakes from the past should be learnt from don’t ever knock down old historic buildings without consultation and even then still do not knock them down. I live in Ipswich and some historic buildings in the past have been demolished in the same way to make way for what? a bloody eyesore that does not suit the character of the area, our great Mayor Paul Pisasale would not let this happen he would step in and stop it.

    A bloody off leash dog park in place of historical buildings over 150 years old? What the hell is going on in there minds, i don’t see see any dogs in the CBD anyway as i work in there, lets start voting for people that are genuine and honest and genuinely care about saving history and not there just for the money.

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