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Vale James Birrell, architect

James Birrell, one of Queensland’s preeminent architects, recently passed away. Birrell was responsible for some of Queensland’s best known buildings from the 1950s onward. His work includes the innovative car park on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane’s CBD, the former Toowong Library, the J.D. Story Administration Building and the Union College Building at the University of … Read more

Edward Gustavus Campbell Barton, Electricity Pioneer


Edward Gustavus Campbell Barton (1857-1942) is hardly a household name in Queensland, however as a pioneer of electricity supply his contribution to the development and modernisation of the state is unquestionable. Born in Toorak, Victoria, Barton had quite an international education, attending school in Dunedin, New Zealand, receiving engineering training in Scotland and studying in … Read more

Podcast: Preserving our built heritage (A night in the JOL)

Illustration of the Barcaldine Shire Hall and Office from the Allom Lovell Architects collection

Listen to architects Richard Allom and Desley Campbell-Stewart in conversation with ABC journalist Ian Townsend discussing the preservation and continued use of Queensland’s heritage buildings. How can we best harness their future potential while respecting and appreciating them as icons? Richard, a pioneering specialist heritage architect, established his practice in 1976 and Desley became a … Read more

Professional and Business Archive of Allom Lovell Architects

Illustration of the Rockhampton Roundhouse from the Allom Lovell Architects collection

This large collection records a practice which specialised in working with historic buildings and was perhaps only the second such practice in Australia to do so. In the early years there was little awareness of conservation in Queensland and the practice relied largely upon grants from the Commonwealth Government through the newly established Australian Heritage … Read more