05 June, 2010

A hidden Art Deco gem in Brisbane: University of Queensland

I was fortunate enough to travel to Brisbane a few weeks ago to give a lecture at the University of Queensland (St Lucia campus). I had never been to this university and was amazed by the Art deco architecture on campus. It is a little hidden gem in Brisbane . . .

I gave my lecture in the Law Building, which is at the centre of the main college quadrangle called "The Great Court". This consists of lovely sandstone art deco buildings in a big semi-circular arrangement, with beautiful green grass and pathways in between - a little bit like Oxford University. It is a heritage listed building and I can see why . . .

The St Lucia campus is only about 10 minutes drive from the Brisbane city centre and I think it is well worth the trip. It is absolutely gorgeous (and there are great cafes and a bookshop to look at after your Art Deco tour!). There is lovely, energised vibe on the campus, which match the beautiful surroundings - really a very lovely place to visit.

Can you read what is written on the building (above the doors) in the photo below?

It says 'A place of light, of liberty and of learning'.
How fantastic is that?

I also love the detail on these doors . .

A lovely view down the portico/cloiser (not sure what is the correct architectural term!) in the college quadrangle . .  Just makes me want to wander around and ponder the meaning of life!

I love a good arched window . . .

For details of how to get to the St Lucia campus of University of Queensland, please see this link: http://www.uq.edu.au/maps/directions.html?menu=1


  1. http://art-deco-odyssey.blogspot.com/

  2. Oh my Gosh! I had no idea Queensland had such a beautiful building! These are great shots, I'm so grateful you shared them. I'll have to get myself over there one day and take in the building with my own eyes - great post xox

  3. I'm a big fan of vintage clothing and I have just discovered your blog thanks to "thes esme lane" blog.

    It's "funny": my parents live near Chinon and my boyfriend has exactly the same uniform than the groom on your pics :-D

  4. Thank you for all your comments. Lovely especially to hear from Aurelie from France!
    Maria, Vintage Suburbia x