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The current Albert Street Uniting Church was built in the Victorian Gothic Revival style in red brick and Oamaru stone. The bricks were made from local clay, sourced from the Milton/Auchenflower area. The Oamaru stone came from New Zealand and was also used on a number of other public buildings at the time. It was designed by George HM Addison, a prominent architect of the day.

Architectural details in brief:

Date: constructed 1888-89. Opened November 1889 for worship.

Architect: George Henry Male Addison, from the firm Messrs. Oakden, Addison and Kemp (Brisbane office)

Builder: Pearson, Thomas and Sons.

Cost: £12,500. 

Roof: Welsh slate

Walls:  brick (local supply), not buttressed with Oamaru stone from New Zealand

Timber: ceilings – pine; communion and gallery rails – cedar

Pillars: solid steel, support gallery and roof

Windows: downstairs, mainly memorial. Upstairs, some memorial, the remainder original lead light. See our stained glass windows page for more details.

Renovations

For a long time, little changed with the church building, except for the addition of new stained glass windows and memorial plaques. In 1968 alterations were made to the front doors, including widening the entry to the church. The porch was also re-laid with ceramic tiles. In 1972 the problem of dampness in the Minister's and choir vestries was addressed. In 1973 six ceiling fans were installed in the main nave of the church. During 1975 repairs to the roof were carried out which saw the original Welsh slate replaced with Spanish slate at a cost of approximately $128,000 .

By 1989 further restoration work was required to restore a number of areas including brickwork, the spire, paving around the church and the installation of a sound system, new lighting and new carpet. Restoration work continued into the 1990s with replacement and repair of brickwork, cleaning and coating of metal capping and flashings and the repair of damaged tiles. New handrails were installed at the church entrance in 1996. The disabled access ramp was added in 2006. In 2009 renovations to the interior were carried out to install a new kitchen in the crypt and choir vestry and a disabled toilet off the Minister's vestry. Fans were also replaced at this time.

Late in 2014 a significant hailstorm hit Brisbane causing widespread damage and Albert Street Uniting Church was not left untouched. Following investigations into repairing the hail damage it was discovered that the roof structure needed major work. A new roof and internal repairs were undertaken in 2016 at a cost of $1.3 million by Fulton Trotter Architects in association with Ivan McDonald Heritage Architects, which restored the roof to its original Welsh slate tiles.

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