An Australian Heritage Festival 2019 event – a National Trust of Australia initiative
The River Room, Customs House, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The Australian Heritage Festival, supported through the Australian Government’s National Trust, has become Australia’s most significant festival of heritage and culture. This year’s festival, Connecting People, Places and the Past, delivers an array of events across the nation from 18 April – 19 May 2019.
Conrad Gargett, one of the most experienced heritage architectural practices in Australia having completed the restoration, refurbishment and repurposing of some of the country’s most prominent heritage-listed buildings, is pleased to present Brisbane’s Customs House, as part of the Australian Heritage Festival 2019.
Brisbane’s Customs House celebrates 130 years this year (1889 – 2019). Owned and operated by The University of Queensland, Customs House is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and the Register of the National Estate. The building is The University of Queensland’s premier riverfront restaurant, events and major cultural facility.
The University of Queensland celebrates 25 years since substantial renovations and reconstruction was completed in 1994. During this time, Conrad Gargett has contributed significantly to the building’s ongoing conservation and adaptive reuse of its spaces, such as The River Room and Patina restaurant.
As part of the Australian Heritage Festival 2019, Conrad Gargett will use Customs House to present on the value of heritage buildings as key cultural places and venues for a city; the original vision for Customs House reuse and how this has evolved and changed over time; the importance of commercial success for investing in the building’s on going care and longevity; and the value of a long term commitment to conservation and renewal as the building’s uses and requirements change.
This Australian Heritage Festival 2019 event will take place on Wednesday 15 May, 5.15pm for 5.30pm – 7pm, The River Room at Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane. For catering purposes, please register by 12 May. The entry fee is free. Registration includes one beverage (wine, beer, softdrink) on arrival. Additional beverages are payable on consumption. Numbers are limited.
For more information on the Australian Heritage Festival 2019, please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.au/ahf/