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Kitawah, 59 Heath St, East Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (22/06/1993)
Place ID 10451
Place File No 4/01/001/0257
Statement of Significance
Kitawah is an excellent example of the work of the prominent Queensland architect, Robin Dods in the use of bold timber detailing and the reinterpretation of both the Queensland vernacular house and the popular Federation Queen Anne style (Criteria H.1 and F.1). It is the most intact example of Dods's domestic work in Brisbane (Criterion B.2).
Official Values Not Available
Description
This is the second house designed by R S Dods for the prominent Brisbane solicitor, Mr L Stephens, of the law firm Stephens and Tozer. It was built in 1912, a year before Dods move to Sydney, and is a mature example of his work. Kitawah is an example of the work of R S Dods in freely interpreting the Federation Queen Anne style and the vernacular Queensland house. It is typical of all Queensland houses in this style in the timber cladding and detailing to the veranda balustrades and posts, and bracketed gable screen, the steep pitched marseilles tiled roof and veranda. The large sized timber posts, balustrading, louvre screens and the pergolas marking the entrance stairs are characteristic of Dod's detailing. The symmetry of the house is emphasized by the central entrance and large gable above. This house is probably the most intact example of Dod's domestic work in Brisbane with the interior finishes in the main rooms still intact. The garden setting of the house is also intact except for the loss of the tennis court. Like other examples of Dod's work such as Nindooinbah, Beaudesert, the garden may have been designed by him.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The building is in reasonably good condition. The exterior of the building is reasonably intact (assessed in 1988). According to the National Trust citation the main rooms are intact and the garden except that the tennis court no longer exists (assessed in 1990).
Location
59 Heath Street, East Brisbane.
Bibliography
NEVILLE HENRY LUND, 1954, THE LIFE AND WORK OF ROBIN S DODS, B ARCH
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND.
MURRAY, STEPHEN, 1990, CITATION , THE NATIONAL TRUST OF AUSTRALIA,
QUEENSLAND.
WATSON, D AND MCKAY, 1984 J., A DIRECTORY OF QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTS TO
1940, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND LIBRARY.
LUND, NEVILLE, 1981, "ROBIN DODS 1968-1920" IN ARCHITECTS OF
AUSTRALIA, ED H. TANNER, MACMILLAN, MELBOURNE.
RIDDEL R.J., 1981 "R.S. DODS AND THE QUEENSLAND HOUSE" HISTORIC
ENVIRONMENT, VOL 2.

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