A Pathway to
88 Limestone Street

Auspicicium Melioris Aevi

Ipswich, an industrial town with a large number of men employed at the railway workshops, the woollen mills and coal mines in an era where technical education was greatly needed.

At an auspicious meeting held on 26 June 1891, attended by leading citizens (1) of Ipswich a resolution was handed down stating “the time has come for a Technical College to be formed in Ipswich”. Funds raised by the local community of £1000 combined with a government grant of £2000, works began on an architect design of a Grand Public Building by George Brockwell Gill (2). Construction began in 1897 by contractor H Woodford and brickworks by G Williams. The purpose built college was a memorial to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria whom unfortunately passed two weeks prior to her visit to the College.

From 1901 to 1941 saw the construction of four Stately buildings (and expansions) that would later provide key adaptive reuse elements for unique heritage conservation. In 1901 the main building (Block A), a two storey brick masonry building (with basement) was constructed on the corner of Limestone and Ellenborough Streets. With its heavily ornamented and eclectic façade the building is symmetrically framed by identical breakfronts and a cornered entrance.

Linked by three adjacent two and three storey buildings each with separate street entrances, 88 Limestone Street provides modern heritage grandeur of professional office suites, boutique retail outlets, cafés and restaurants.

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Auspicicium Melioris Aevi

(command better lives)

Visionary and Owner of 88 Limestone Street, Mr James Long assures “we value the history of our City and have an extreme respect for heritage listed buildings. These buildings hold a lot of Ipswich’s past, and should be part of Ipswich’s future” and “our inspiration and aim is to keep this landmark true to its past”. We invite you to immerse yourself in the beautiful historical surrounds of this contemporary heritage location.

(1) Meeting attendees: Alderman James McGill (Mayor of Ipswich), Alderman FG Springall, Joseph Hargreaves and Jacob Spresser; Donald Cameron (Ipswich Grammar School Headmaster); P Bowler (Newtown State School); Dr Thornton (Ipswich Hospital): AJ Stephenson (Queensland Times, A Muir and JS Michael (Town Clerk)

(2) Other works by George Brockwell Gill included ‘Brynhyfryd’, Ipswich Girls Grammar School, St Paul’s Rectory, The Ipswich Club and Hotel Metropole