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Espie Dods House, 97 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill, QLD, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (25/03/1986)
Place ID 8477
Place File No 4/01/001/0144
Statement of Significance
The building is an unusual example of the domestic architecture of R. S. Dods. It is a fine example of the fusion of architectural ideas from abroad with the vernacular tradition. It is historically important as one of the few remaining residences from the period when members of the medical profession both lived and worked on Wickham Terrace.
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Description
A building designed by Robin Dods for his brother Dr J Espie Dods, which incorporated professional rooms and a family residence. At the time of its construction Wickham Terrace was both home and place of work for the Brisbane medical profession, including Dods' stepfather, Dr C F Marks, who lived next door at No 101. It is a roughcast masonry building with a hipped roof clad in flat terra cotta shingle style tiles. The roof is steeply pitched and is ventilated by hipped dormer windows with lights and fixed louvres. A gabled bay window with parapet walls projects forward to the street and is the main element of the street facade. There is a slightly bell cast shaped gable on the rear kitchen wing. The building is two storey with the upper floor being level with Wickham Terrace, originally incorporating professional rooms, drawing rooms and bedrooms, and a basement below which housed the kitchen, dining and service rooms. The house is unlike any other domestic work of Robin Dods. It is designed as a town house rather than as a detached suburban dwelling, and its construction in rendered brick, sets it apart from Dods' timber residences. The influence of Dods' Scottish training is evident in the design. The roughcast render construction and elements such as the bay windows are clearly influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement. These elements are, however, fused with the vernacular tradition into a sophisticated refinement of the Queensland tradition. The building was occupied and used by doctors until its conversion into a restaurant in 1982.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The building is in reasonably good condition. The exterior of the building is largely intact, although the change into a restaurant has resulted in an unsympathetic colour scheme. Internally the building has been renovated. (1988)
Location
97 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill.
Bibliography
HOGAN, JANET. HISTORIC HOMES OF BRISBANE. THE NATIONAL TRUST OF
QUEENSLAND, 1979, P68
LUND, NEVILLE HENRY. THE LIFE AND WORK OF ROBIN S DODS. B ARCH,
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, 1954.
NATIONAL TRUST OF QUEENSLAND CITATION, 1979 (I BNE/332)
SUNDAY MAIL 18 SEPTEMBER 1983

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