Conrad Gargett

Conrad Gargett is an Australian architectural practice, founded in Brisbane in 1890 and is one of Queensland's oldest architectural firms.[1]

Conrad Gargett
Practice information
Firm type
Founders
Founded1890 (1890)
LocationBrisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Townsville, Addis Ababa
Website
conradgargett.com.au

The practice operates out of studios in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Townsville and Addis Ababa.

Establishment

Conrad Gargett Architecture was established as HW Atkinson in 1890 by Henry Wallace Atkinson with the winning design for the new Brisbane Head Fire Station.[1] Charles McLay joined Atkinson to form the partnership HW Atkinson & Chas McLay in 1907.[2] The practice subsequently assumed the position of Diocesan Architect to the Anglican Church, designing a number of schools and churches in South East Queensland.[3] Following the death of McLay in 1918 the practice was renamed Atkinson & Conrad when Arnold Conrad became a partner. The new firm was noted for its use of the distinctive Spanish Mission style in many of its projects.[4] The practice was also appointed to the position of Hospital Architect by various hospital boards and played a large role in the design of hospitals in Queensland between 1920–80, including extensive projects at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, South Brisbane Auxiliary Hospital (now Princess Alexandra Hospital), Prince Charles Hospital and Gold Coast Hospital.[5] Following their appointment in 1926 as architects to the Brisbane and South Coast Hospital Board, the practice took on a new partner Lange Leopold Powell becoming Atkinson, Powell & Conrad.

During the post-war era, the firm now called AH Conrad & TBF Gargett (Thomas Brenan Femister Gargett having become a partner) became a prominent designer of commercial office towers in the Brisbane CBD. Most notable of these were the SGIO Building including the SGIO Theatre (now Suncorp Metway Plaza) and head offices for three of the big four banks.[1] The MLC building, designed in 1955 with Bates Smart, was one of the first commercial office buildings to be built in the undecorated, modern style in Brisbane.[6]:137

In 2017 a book titled Conrad Gargett was published, detailing the history of the firm between 1890 and 2015. The book was edited by Robert Riddel and attempts to provide a broader historical and architectural context to the various phases in which the practice has operated.[7]

Growth

Conrad Gargett formed after Conrad Gargett Architecture undertook a series of mergers with Riddel Architecture (2012) and Ancher Mortlock Woolley (2013).[8] The contemporary firm is a multi-disciplinary practice, which specialises in health, education, heritage and defence.[9][10]

Riddel Architecture was established in 1982 by Robert Riddel.[11]

The Brisbane-based practice focused on heritage, conservation and adaptive reuse projects.[11] Notable works by the firm include the restoration and adaptive re-use of Brisbane's Customs House, the former Wests Furniture Showroom and the former Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen Street (in association with Donovan Hill).[11]

Ancher Mortlock Woolley, initially called Ancher Mortlock & Murray, was established in 1946 by Sydney Ancher, Bryce Mortlock and Stuart Murray.[12] The Sydney-based practice was later joined by Ken Woolley in 1964.

The practice designed modern structures, winning both the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture and the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture.[13] Notable projects by the practice include Town Hall House and Sydney Square (1977) and more recently, the Royal Agricultural Showground Exhibition Halls and restoration of the State Library of Victoria.[13]

Notable works

Conrad Gargett has designed some of Australia's landmark buildings predominately in Queensland, including the following major architectural projects:[14][15][16]

CompletedFirm nameProject nameLocationAwardNotes
1890HW AtkinsonFire Brigade Head Station, Ann & Edward StBrisbane City(Demolished)[17]
1892Coorparoo School of Arts and RSL Memorial HallCoorparoo(State Heritage Place)[18]
1903Wesleyan Methodist Church, Linton StreetKangaroo Point(Local Heritage Place)[19]
1906Brisbane Fruit & Produce Markets, Turbot StBrisbane(Local Heritage Place)[20]
1906Queensland Brewery (additions)Fortitude Valley[21]
1907HW Atkinson & Charles McLayFire Station, Ann & Wharf StBrisbane(Demolished)[2]
1907Villa Residence "Denila", for FAJ Isles, Jordan TceBowen Hills(Local Heritage Place)[22]
1909Ithaca Town Council ChambersRed Hill(State Heritage Place)[23]
1910Fitzroy Chambers (renamed Commerce House)Brisbane City[6]:116
1910McWhirters & Son, Wickham & Warner StFortitude Valley(State Heritage Place)[24]
1912Desmond Chambers, Adelaide StBrisbane City(Local Heritage Place)[25]
1918Church of England Grammar School (Churchie)East Brisbane(Local Heritage Place)
1918Trades and Labour HallBrisbane City(Demolished)
1920Atkinson & ConradThe Southport SchoolSouthport
1923St Paul's Anglican Church and ColumbariumEast Brisbane(State Heritage Place)[26]
1925Gordon and Gotch, Adelaide StBrisbane City[27]
1926Atcherley Private Hotel, Adelaide StBrisbane City(Demolished)
1926Craigston Apartments, Wickham TceSpring Hill(State Heritage Place)[28]
1926Block 2 & Block 3, Royal Brisbane HospitalHerston(Demolished)
1927Residence and rooms for Dr Hedley BrownNundah
1927Masonic Temple, Ann St (designed by Lange Powell)Brisbane City(State Heritage Place)[29]
1928Atkinson, Powell & ConradSt John's Cathedral (abutment wall)Brisbane City(State Heritage Place)[30]
1928National Australia Bank (180 Queen Street) (with A & K Henderson)Brisbane City(State Heritage Place)[31]
1929Brisbane Boys' CollegeToowong(State Heritage Place)[32]
1929Lady Lamington Nurses Home (additions), Royal Brisbane HospitalHerston(State Heritage Place)[33]
1930Royal Women's Hospital, Royal Brisbane HospitalHerston(Demolished)
1930Tristram's Factory (Tristram's West End Market)West End(Register of the National Estate)[4]
1934Somerville House LibrarySouth Brisbane(State Heritage Place)[34]
1935Courier-Mail Building (with Meldrum & Turner), Queen StBrisbane City(Demolished)
1935Finney Isles & Co Building (additions), Queen St (now David Jones)Brisbane City(State Heritage Place)[35]
1951AH Conrad & TBF GargettSouth Brisbane Auxiliary Hospital (now Princess Alexandra Hospital)Woolloongabba(Demolished)[36]
1953Cromwell College, University of QueenslandSt Lucia[37]
1953Prince Charles Hospital (Sanatorium & Nurses Quarters)Chermside(Sanatorium demolished)[38]
1954St John's College, University of QueenslandSt Lucia[37]
1955MLC (with Bates Smart), Adelaide & Edward StBrisbane City[39]
1958Women's College, University of QueenslandSt Lucia[37]
1960St John's Cathedral (extension to nave)Brisbane City(State Heritage Place)[30]
1960Physiology Lecture Theatres, University of QueenslandSt Lucia[37]
1961Commonwealth Bank Building, King George SquareBrisbane City[39]
1962Queensland NewspapersBowen Hills
1963Bishopsbourne (Archbishop's Chapel)Hamilton[40]
1963Sir William MacGregor Building, University of QueenslandSt Lucia[37]
1965Head Fire Station, Kemp PlaceFortitude Valley[41]
1965The Age NewspapersTullamarine, Melbourne
1967SGIO Offices and TheatreBrisbane City(Demolished; now Suncorp Metway Plaza)[39]
1968Block 7 & Block 8, Royal Brisbane HospitalHerston[42]
1970Brisbane Administration Centre and City PlazaBrisbane City(City Plaza demolished)[6]:157
1971ANZ Head Office, Queen & Creek StBrisbane City
1971100 George Street, Executive Building (with State Dept. of Works)Brisbane City[6]:157
1972Central Railway Administration Building, Central Station (with Civil and Civic)Brisbane City[6]:157
1973Comalco House, George & Ann St (now State Law Building)Brisbane City[39]
1974National Bank House (formerly Estates House)Brisbane City[39]
1978Conrad Gargett and PartnersNational Mutual Centre, Edward & Charlotte St (with Civil and Civic)Brisbane City[6]:157
1981Santos House and Rowes Arcade, Adelaide StBrisbane City[39]
1981Queensland Parliament House (conservation with State Dept. of Works)Brisbane City[43]
1982Sheraton Hotel (now Sofitel), Central StationBrisbane City[39]
1983The Mansions (conservation), George StBrisbane City(State Heritage Place)[44]
1985Queensland Mapping and Surveying BuildingWoolloongabba
1989Commonwealth Bank Head Office, Queen & Edward StBrisbane City(State Heritage Place)[43]
1990St Martin's House (adaptive reuse), St John's Cathedral PrecinctBrisbane City(State Heritage Place)[45]
1991Queensland NewspapersMurarrie[43]
1992State Law Building (renovation), Ann StBrisbane City[39]
1993Therapies and Anatomy, University of QueenslandSt Lucia[37]
1995Conrad GargettBrisbane Customs HouseBrisbane CBD (state heritage place)[46]
1996Balmoral Water ReserveBrisbane City
1999Brisbane City HallBrisbane City (state heritage place)[47]
2000Australian Catholic University MasterplanBanyo
2000Spring Hill BathsBrisbane City (state heritage place)[48]
2001RAAF Base Amberley RedevelopmentAmberley
2001St Stephens CathedralBrisbane City (state heritage place)[49]
2003Blackall Woolscour conservationBlackall
  • RAIA Conservation Award (2003)
(state heritage place)[50]
2004Brisbane City HallBrisbane City
2004Combined Mess Facility, RAAF Base TownsvilleTownsville
2004Clinical Science Building I Griffith UniversityBrisbane City
2005State Library of Victoria RedevelopmentMelbourne City
2006St Stephen's Cathedral PrecinctBrisbane City
2009Warroo Shire HallWarroo (state heritage place)[51]
2009Barambah StationBarambah
2009Holy Spirit Seminary, Brisbane Australian Catholic UniversityBanyo
2009Old Government House Conservation and AdaptationGardens Point
  • Union of International Architects – Honourable Mention – UIA Prize Friendly Spaces Accessible to All (2014)
(state heritage place)[52]
2009Former Wests Furniture ShowroomFortitude Valley
2010Queen Victoria Building RefurbishmentSydney CBD
2011Australian Tropical Science Innovation ProjectTownsville
2012Harvey's BistroFortitude Valley
2013Emergency Shelter CompetitionBrisbane City
  • International Young Architects Ideas Awards and Exhibition – First Prize (2013)
2013BDO WorkplaceBrisbane
2013Harrison Grierson WorkplaceBrisbane
2013Goddard Building Rooftop Expansion University of QueenslandSt Lucia
  • AIA Architecture Awards – Queensland Award for Heritage (2015)
  • National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards – David Eades Award (2014)
2013Mt Isa Hospital RedevelopmentMt Isa
2014St Stephen's HospitalHervey Bay
  • Australian Interior Design Awards – Shortlist, Public Buildings (2015)
[53]
2014Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (with Lyons)South Brisbane
  • AIA Architecture Awards – John Dalton Award for Building of the Year (2015)
  • Design and Health International Academy Awards – Overall Winner – Salutogenic Design Project for Healthcare Environment (2015)
  • World Architecture Festival Building of the Year – Shortlist, Health (2015)
  • Design and Health International Academy Awards – Winner – International Future Health Projects (2013)
[54]
2015St John Paul II Building Australian Catholic UniversityBanyo
2015GE HeadquartersSpringfield
2015Coorparoo SquareCoorparoo
Brian Wilson Chancellery, University of QueenslandSt Lucia

See also

References

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  2. "A New Firm of Architects". The Brisbane Courier. 5 January 1907. p. 5. Retrieved 21 December 2014 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "St Paul's Anglican Church and Columbarium (entry 602826)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
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  5. "Nurses' Homes, Royal Brisbane Hospital (including Lady Lamington and Blocks 1 and 2) (entry 600223)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
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  14. "Search". Queensland Heritage Register. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014.
  15. "Fryer Library Database (Conrad Gargett Collection)" (PDF). Library. University of Queensland.
  16. "Digital Archive". Queensland Architecture.
  17. "Brisbane Fire Brigade Station, ca. 1899". John Oxley Library. State Library of Queensland.
  18. "Coorparoo School of Arts and RSL Memorial Hall (entry 602054)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  19. "Former Wesley Church and Parsonage". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  20. "Brisbane Fruit & Produce Market/Exchange (former)". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  21. "THE QUEENSLAND BREWERY COMPANY". The Brisbane Courier. 9 January 1906. p. 4. Retrieved 15 August 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  22. "Residence 'Denila' (former)". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  23. "Ithaca Town Council Chambers and Red Hill Kindergarten (former) (entry 602058)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  24. "McWhirters Marketplace (entry 600214)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  25. "Desmond Chambers". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  26. "St Paul's Anglican Church and Columbarium (entry 602826)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  27. "No title". The Brisbane Courier. 31 August 1926. p. 9. Retrieved 15 August 2015 via National Library of Australia.
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  29. "Masonic Temple (entry 600074)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  30. "St John's Cathedral (entry 600076)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  31. "National Australia Bank (entry 600141)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  32. "Brisbane Boys College (entry 600337)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  33. "Nurses' Homes, Royal Brisbane Hospital (including Lady Lamington and Blocks 1 and 2) (entry 600223)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  34. "Somerville House (entry 600305)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  35. "David Jones (entry 600142)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  36. "Nurses' Quarters at the South Brisbane General Hospital, Woolloongabba, Queensland, 1958". John Oxley Library. State Library of Queensland.
  37. Moulis, Antony; Wilson, Andrew (2010). University of Queensland Centenary Architecture Campus Map (Map). St Lucia: University of Queensland.
  38. "NEW T.B. SANATORIUM FOR CHERMSIDE". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 7 July 1952. p. 5. Retrieved 15 August 2015 via National Library of Australia.
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  40. "Archbishop's Chapel in Hamilton, Queensland, 1965". John Oxley Library. State Library of Queensland.
  41. "Metropolitan Fire Brigade Head Station in Brisbane, Queensland, 1964". John Oxley Library. State Library of Queensland.
  42. "Block 8 of the Royal Brisbane Hospital at Herston, Queensland, 1970". John Oxley Library. State Library of Queensland.
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  45. "St Martin's House (entry 600075)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  46. "Brisbane Customs House (entry 600156)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  47. "Brisbane City Hall (entry 600065)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  48. "Spring Hill Baths (entry 600313)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  49. "St Stephens Cathedral (entry 600107)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  50. "Blackall Woolscour". Conrad Gargett. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  51. "Warroo Shire Hall (entry 602612)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  52. "Old Government House (entry 600118)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
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