Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Urban Sketching at it's best!

I had the pleasure to sketch 2 beautiful historic buildings yesterday.  Leckhampton House with the Brisbane City Sketchers, and Shafston House with my friend Lisa, from Singapore.

 Leckhampton House; It is leased by College of Surgeons.
Leckhampton House was designed by Alexander Brown Wilson and built from 1889 to 1890 for Charles William Snow. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992

Shafston House.
It is also known as Anzac Hostel, Ravenscott, and Shafston International College. (which is what it is today)
Shafston House comprises a group of buildings constructed between 1851 and the 1930s, set in substantial grounds with frontage to the Brisbane River. The main house was constructed in several stages between 1851 and 1904  Charles and Mary Foster bought the property in 1883, and are reputed to have demolished the original structure and commissioned FDG Stanley to design a new house on the land. This was the basis for the Gothic structure that stands there now.
The house has a varied history with multiple uses.
After WWI, the property was acquired by the Commonwealth who renamed it Anzac House, using it as a repatriation hospital until around 1969.
After 1969, the property was used by the RAAF as offices and a mess, and a lot of internal restructure occurred at that time.


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