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by Kath Chown (subscribe)
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See inside buildings which aren't usually open to the public
Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House
Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House
Each year I get really excited for the weekend of Brisbane Open House (BOH) where the city's most iconic and historic buildings open their doors to public. It's something that has been done in many capital cities as part of World Architecture Day and it's fantastic to see the concept happening in our home town. In a completely free-of-charge event, this is a rare opportunity for locals and visitors to step inside architecturally significant buildings.

There are loads of things to see and do during the upcoming weeks which culminate in the open house weekend. With a Speaker Series, Photography Competition, Special Concerts and lots more. Looking over the itinerary you will wish you had more than just one weekend to see all there is on the suggested lists. If I had to choose one itinerary, my favourite buildings are always homes or houses and BOH offers the perfect option 'Domestic Bliss', with all the best historic and architectural designed homes across the city.

Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House
Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House


A few other buildings on my 'to do list' for the weekend will be The City Tabernacle Baptist Church, Masonic Memorial Temple, Coronet Court and The Windmill Tower. Some of these buildings have resorted to allowing guests by ballot due to their popularity or size constraints.

In an exciting development, the tours will also showcase a not-yet-finished building, The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital which is still in the final stages of completion and is set to open later this year. This will be it's first tour and will show a glimpse of what's to come for this premier Brisbane hospital.

Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House


For the children there's an exciting exhibition of the city's best cubby houses with Grocon's Great Cubby House Build. All cubbies will be displayed at BOH's Info Hub in King George Square and two will be sold at live auction at 1pm on the Sunday. All proceeds go to Kids Under Cover which is a charity helping at-risk young people in our country avoid homelessness or helping those on the streets to find homes.

Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House


There is also a full children's program for the weekend with many buildings offering kid's activities and games. They can build a Lego architectural masterpiece at City Hall and reconstruct the clock tower with recycled materials. There's also a chance to do an archaeology dig to find treasures in the sand. At the Griffith Film School kids can make their own movie while at the Roma Street Fire Station they can meet a Fire Fighter and check out where they work. To top it all off the first 100 kids to visit historic Shingle Inn in City Hall on Saturday and again on Sunday will receive a FREE cupcake! That's a pretty good reason for them to tag along with you for the day.

Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Photo Courtesy of Brisbane Open House
Brisbane Open House, History, Architecture, houses, buildings, International, Churches, temples
Entrant to 2014 Photo Comp BOH


To make sure you don't miss out on anything, you can head to a local bookstore to purchase a copy of the program. The money rasied from the sale of these books will go towards opening more doors in 2015 for Brisbane Open House.
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Why? Step inside some of Brisbane's iconic and historical buildings for free
When: 11th and 12th october
Where: Across the City
Cost: FREE
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Fabulous article Kath and something that will be really interesting. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|485) 1916 days ago
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