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Roof Restoration Appeal

Albert Street Uniting Church Roof Restoration
On 28 November 2014, Brisbane residents were hit by a super-cell storm with wind gusts of over 140km/hour and hail the size of cricket balls. More than 100,000 homes lost power, 642 power-lines were brought down, 39 people were injured with 12 treated at hospitals and 2,000 homes experienced roof damage, including the Albert Street Uniting Church. 

The storm caused an estimated $1.1 billion in damage with over 100,000 insurance claims from Brisbane residents.

While we're fortunate the damage to the Albert Street Uniting Church was insured, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to do additional restoration works valued at over $250,000 to the slate roof while the scaffolding was erected for repairs.

 

The Albert Street Uniting Church story

Every Gothic style church tells a story, and our own Albert Street Uniting Church, opposite Brisbane City Hall, is no exception. It is a living testimony to the people who have built and preserved the Church, making it such an important historical landmark in the city of Brisbane.

The Albert Street Uniting (formerly Methodist) Church, opened its doors to the community on 8 November, 1889, and has been quoted as the prettiest church in the city. It is also the spiritual home of Wesley Mission Queensland, which has been serving those less fortunate for over 100 years.

Designed by G H M Addison, the church is known for its distinct red brick and white Oamaru limestone trimmings, now painted, and slate roof. It is a great example of a Victorian Gothic Revival church with its cruciform plan shape, steeply pitched roof forms, the imposing spire beside the entry which rises 42 metres from the street, and the heavy buttressing of the facades. G H M Addison was also responsible for designing some of Brisbane’s finest colonial buildings including ‘The Mansions’ on George Street, the former Queensland Museum building on Gregory Terrace and ‘Cumbooquepa’ (Somerville House) at South Brisbane.

The interior is no less appealing, with its ornate plasterwork, intricate wooden fretwork and magnificent 2,250-pipe 19th century organ – all of which make it one of the most sought after churches for weddings, international visitors and historians.

 

How you can support the Albert Street Uniting Church's roof restoration

Albert Street Uniting Church is a wonderful building, and has stood as a safe-haven and a house of prayer and contemplation for generations. We want to see this building endure for another hundred years and more, but like any grand old building, the church needs to be maintained and updated as the years roll by.

If you would like to help contribute to the restoration of one of Brisbane’s iconic and heritage listed buildings, you can support the restoration by buying a slate tile valued at $30. In so doing, you honour the dedication and commitment of all those who have gone before us, and ensure that future generations can call Albert Street Uniting, “home”. 

 

How to give

Online: You can donate online here (Select Albert Street Roof Restoration from drop down list) 
Direct Deposit: Parish Collections - Account Number: 836390838, BSB Number: 014002 (please reference the Church Restoration Appeal)
Cheque/ Money Order: Payable to Wesley Mission Queensland. Please write Albert Street Roof Restoration Appeal on the back of the cheque
Cash: Please place your cash in an envelope clearly marked Albert Street Roof Restoration Appeal, and your contact details, and deliver it directly to either Albert Street Uniting Church or send to Locked Bag 7005, Chermside Centre QLD 4032

Donations are not tax deductible.
 
On behalf of Albert Street Uniting Church parishioners, Wesley Mission Queensland and the City of Brisbane, thank you for your support.
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