Conrad's Treasury Casino a waste of great architecture
The overwhelming site of beautiful architecture is being wasted as a casino, the Treasury Casino.
In convict days t his was the site of the Officer’s Quarters and Military Barracks, a place from which discipline and control was administered. Since the construction of the Treasury Building (between 1886 and 1928), the site has maintained a steady association with financial control, prosperity and economic development. Ironic with what it now holds.
Construction began at a time when Brisbane was experiencing rapid growth and a high level of prosperity and this building, perhaps more than most, stands as a symbol of that time. Built in a classic Italian Renaissance style, its impressive form and financial purpose made it possibly the most notable government building, with the exception of the Government House, and perhaps the one that has had the greatest connection with the people of Brisbane.
In the depression years of early 1890s, the building became the scene of several demonstrations by the unemployed. A few years later, one of the most momentous events in Queensland history took place here. In 1901, it was the site where the government read the Queen’s proclamation making Australia a Commonwealth.
When I went to Brisbane the first time this building just caught my eyes and kept it there. It is so huge and beautiful. My heart sank to hear that it was housing a casino. Ok, so I am not the greatest fan of gambling establishments, but it just seems like such a waste. Every time I go to Brisbane I have to go see this building and all its gorgeous carvings.
The Treasury Casino opened in 1995 and it has three levels of gaming floors. Of table games there are more than 80 to choose from with Blackjack, Baccarat, etc. Gaming machines they have over 1300 of them in all the styles you can think of.
It also houses 4 restaurants (Cafe 21, Pastano, Blackjacks, Marco Polo Dining Cellar Martini Bar) and 5 bars (Livewire Bar, Premier’s Bar, Sports Bar, Keno Bar, and Bar Havana). They keep up the entertainment of comedians, music, and special events like Aerial Angels and fashion shows.
The large open courtyard in the centre of the building has the tacky casino decor. It’s like how neon and bright Las Vegas style can we go. Oh please.... At night the multi windows light up with neon lights announcing the party is on. Damn it is such a shame for a great building to be put under such idiotic lights.
The Conrad International Hotel is across the Queens Gardens from the Casino, it is part of the complex for Conrad. [more]
Stay here - the rooms are the most magnificent I've seen in an Australian business hotel. High ceilings and opulent bathrooms.
There is a casino across the park and excellent fine dining within walking distance. The major Brisbane gallery and entertainment venues are also a short walk away. [more]
Further Ratings (Average 4.4 of 5):
- Hotel.de: 9.50 of 10
- Tripadvisor: 4.00 of 5
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