About the project

The Anglican Church Grammar School owns ‘Kitawah’, a stately property dating back to the early development of Brisbane at Heath Street, East Brisbane.

Kitawah House is a high-set state listed, timber house with a terracotta roof designed by prominent Australian architect Robin Dods. It is a rare example of a grand house and setting surviving in Brisbane.

Conrad Gargett was commissioned to repair and upgrade the building and the grounds for its continued use as a private residence. The proposed works were guided by key issues and conservation policies identified in the Conservation Management Plan, also prepared by Conrad Gargett.

A substantial increase in floor area was required to satisfy the client’s brief for upgrading the residence to meet 21st century living and lifestyle standards. Expanding ‘Kitawah’ with the least impact to the original and early design, scale and setting of the place was determined to be through excavation.

This enabled the original floor level of the house to be retained with a new floor level to the perimeter of the existing created underneath.
The new level would not be seen from the street or front garden, thus ensuring all significant external elements of the place were preserved.
Updated vehicular access and parking together with hard and soft landscaping for everyday living, private and public functions complete the total transformation of this significant property.