Shingle Inn

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.102

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 254 Edward St, Brisbane City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46766667,153.02619444

Time Link: 1936

Map Link: 1942

Image Time Point: 1942

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The Shingle Inn teahouse/café opened in leased premises at 254 Edward St in 1936. It soon became a City landmark, popular for its hot drinks and, especially, for its cakes. On 3 august 2002, it was forced to close, as the old building housing it was being demolished for the Queen’s Plaza redevelopment. The heritage-listed cafe fittings were put into storage at Kelvin Grove, with the belief that the ‘Shingle Inn’ would be reinstated in ‘Queen’s Plaza’. Its iconic glass shopfront could not be saved. After 8 years of negotiations, on 4 June 2010, the Bellchambers family, the cafe owners gifted the fit-out to the poeople of Brisbane. It was relocatted to City Hall. as part of the 2010-12 City Hall Restoration project. This is a return to the ‘facadism’ approach to heritage of the Bjelke-Petersen era.



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QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 4 miles to the inch. Moreton District. Sheet 1. 4 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634925