Conrad International Hotel
Gas lit street lamps still frame the George and William Street entrances of what is now the Conrad International Hotel. This elaborate Edwardian structure, known as the Executive building/Land Administration building, when it opened in 1905, contained the offices of Queensland’s Premier and the Executive Council. Although a suitable impressive site for the seat of executive power, this building was actually built for the Lands and Survey Department.
Ornamentation of the building was not confined to the facades – of particular interest is the sculpture and stained glass works in both entrances. In the George Street vestibule is a marble plaque recording a message to the Australian people, delivered by King George V on the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
Many government buildings have similar references to the Anzacs or World War I, indicating the lasting impact the war had on the community.
The hotel was opened in 1995 and has 130 luxurious guest rooms and suites and two restaurants (Lab Bar & Restaurant and Ryan’s on the Park). I have not stayed at the hotel, only walked around the lounge and Queens Park in the front. It is definitely huge and done with that tacky international feel decor. The rates run from $550 to $1450 a night, so out of my reach. It is a favourite with businesses for the great conference abilities though.
The building is what impressed me. The carvings and such are in such great detail you will see something different each time that you visit not seen before. [more]
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