Historic Fire Station Sold
A historic fire station designed by some of Queensland’s most renowned architects at Yeronga in Brisbane’s south-west has been sold by Ray White Industrial Milton.
The landmark 1930s-built property at 785 Ipswich Road, Yeronga, was sold to construction company Stokes Wheeler for $925,000 by Ray White Industrial Milton’s Aron Burtenshaw and Matt Wray on behalf of long term local owners.
Aron Burtenshaw said despite a massive amount of interest, the fire station was passed in at auction just before Christmas.
“The owners took a break over Christmas but we resumed negotiations with interested parties and by the end of January we had multiple offers,” he said.
“We secured a cash unconditional contract for the owners at $925,000, which was well above the highest bid on auction day.”
Aron Burtenshaw said Stokes Wheeler plan to maintain the 280 sqm two-level building in its heritage form and occupy as their head office, relocating from their current premises at Loganholme.
Built in 1934, the Old Yeronga Fire Station next to Yeronga Park is one of the earliest designs from leading Queensland architecture company Conrad and Gargett, who also designed Old Government House and Customs House in Brisbane.
During the Second World War an effigy of Adolf Hitler was hung from the fire station’s awning, while the US and Dutch armies created a bivouac camp for more than a thousand soldiers in Yeronga Park behind the fire station. The fire station provided firefighting services to the surrounding areas until 1974 when the building was passed on to the SES who used it as a base and training centre for 24 years. The current owners, who are relocating to Redcliffe, bought it in 2001.
“This is a well-constructed and truly unique office space with original finishes and fittings,” Mr Wray said.
“The interior includes an original fire pole man hole and working counter levered garage doors which open into an engine room which has been preserved in its original state.”