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Webber House and Church House, 417 - 19 Ann St, Brisbane City, QLD, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (21/03/1978)
Place ID 8343
Place File No 4/01/001/0019
Statement of Significance
Both buildings are architecturally significant as examples of Gothic Revival form fused with Art Nouveau details. They are a very important part of the streetscape of the northern end of Ann Street, forming an important architectural precinct in the City with the nearby St John's Cathedral. The buildings all together create a significant urban environment similar to the Cathedral close precincts of European cathedrals. Webber House (former St John's Institute) is an important work by J S Murdoch and R S Dods demonstrating the Gothic Revival form with fusion of Art Nouveau style detailing, reflecting the influence of J S Murdoch's Scottish upbringing and R S Dods' European education. The church house diocesan offices (former diocesan offices) is an excellent example of the work of R S Dods demonstrating his application of the latest European architectural ideas in a sophisticated refinement of the Queensland tradition.
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Description
Both buildings are Gothic in overall form and design with dominant high pitched roof forms, but have details mainly in the style of Art Nouveau. Webber House (former St John's Institute) was originally designed and built as a school and is now used a church offices. The building is stone and brick, including materials from the demolished pro Cathedral such as stonework and roof trusses. This reuse of material may have influenced the form of the building. There are steeply pitched slate roofs, Gothic style tracery and lancet windows. The building is designed as a composition of different roof forms which indicated the various original functions of the building. The church house diocesan offices (former diocesan offices) building is two storeyed, built of brick with a steeply pitched tiled roof. The brickwork is relieved with some masonry courses and dressings to the windows. The upper storey has three cantilevered concrete balconies and an oriel window. The original scheme for the diocesan offices included a hall on the northern end of the building, but this was never built.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The buildings are in good condition. Webber House (former St John's Institute) has a reasonably intact exterior, although open verandahs have been enclosed. Internally there is a high degree of integrity although some modifications have been made. Church House diocesan offices (former diocesan offices) have an intact exterior. The interior is reasonably intact, although changing needs have resulted in modern office partitioning. (1989)
Location
439 - 441 and 417 - 419 Ann Street, Brisbane City.
Bibliography
LUND, N H, THE LIFE AND WORK OF ROBIN S DODS, B ARCH, UNIVERSITY OF
QUEENSLAND, 1954.
GARDINER, F, REGISTER OF SIGNIFICANT TWENTIETH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE
QUEENSLAND, 1988.

Report Produced  Sun Apr 20 09:49:23 2014