Tangible cultural heritage and adaptive reuse: the Old Government House, Brisbane, Australia

Kumarasuriyar, Anoma C. & Nielsen, David (2012) Tangible cultural heritage and adaptive reuse: the Old Government House, Brisbane, Australia. In Amoêda, Rogério, Lira, Sérgio, & Pinheiro, Cristina (Eds.) Heritage 2012 : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (Volume 3), Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, Barcelos, Portugal, pp. 1857-1865.

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The Old Government House, a former residence of the Queen’s representatives in Brisbane, Australia, symbolises British cultural heritage of Colonial Queensland. Located on the campus of the Queensland University of Technology, it is one of the oldest surviving examples of a stately residence in Queensland. Built in 1860s, the Old Government House was originally intended as a temporary residence for the first governor of the newly independent colony of Queensland. However, it remained the vice-regal residence until 1909, serving eleven succeeding governors. Nearly seven decades later, it became the first building in Queensland to be protected under heritage legislation. Thus its importance, as an excellent exemplar that demonstrates the significance of cultural heritage, was established. The Old Government House has survived 150 years of restoration work, refurbishments, and additions. Through these years, it has served the people of Queensland in a multitude of roles.

This paper aims to investigate the survival of heritage listed buildings through their adaptive re-use. Its focus will be on the adaptive reuse of the Old Government House through its refurbishments and additions over a period of 150 years. Through a qualitative research process this paper will endeavour to establish the significance of restoration work on the Old Government house; the new opportunities that has opened up as a result of the restoration work; the continued maintenance and management of the building through adaptive re-use; the economic benefits of restoration work; and its contribution to the on-going interest in the preservation of the Tangible Cultural Heritage.

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ID Code: 54753
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Old Goverment House, Culture, Reuse, Heritage, Brisbane
ISBN: 978-989-95671-8-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Heritage and Conservation (120102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Editors and the Authors
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Deposited On: 13 Nov 2012 22:09
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 14:58

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