The Best Architecture In Toowoomba
Every local and visitor has witnessed the spectacular greenery dotted throughout our beautiful town.
There’s a reason we’re called the Garden City, and not just because of the annual Carnival of Flowers. But our architecture is just as fascinating, from heritage buildings to modern award-winning homes. Here’s a taste of some of the best.
1. Toowoomba Railway Station
While The Westlander is the most notable train that passes through the station is twice a week on its 17-hour journey between Brisbane and Charleville – this heritage-listed station is an architectural marvel.
Since it opened in 1867, the Toowoomba Railway Station has been a splendid Russell Street attraction in the middle of the city. Its gabled bays and hipped roofs reflect a time gone by, while its interior acts as a gateway into the evolution of Queensland’s history. A must-see for architecture and history buffs passing through Toowoomba.
2. Toowoomba Grammar School Gymnasium
For some of the best architecture in Toowoomba, you must find a way to visit the Glen McCracken Gymnasium at famous boys’ school Toowoomba Grammar.
Opened in 2018, the facility is an architectural achievement in modern design. With its imposing mixed-materials exterior and huge spaces inside – including two basketball courts, 400-spectator seating, six cricket pitches, two classrooms and more – it’s no wonder the gym picked up a 2019 Queensland Architecture Award for Educational Architecture.
3. St Luke’s Anglican Church
It’s hard to go past St Luke’s Anglican Church on Herries Street. Most remarkable is that the church began construction in 1897 but wasn’t finished until 1959.
Still, it’s held its Queensland Heritage Register designation for almost two decades now – and for good reason. The unusual use of bluestone is rare in Queensland churches, while the stained-glass memorial window, created by Brisbane artist William Bustard in 1947, is a must-see for architecture and religious history enthusiasts.
4. Johnson House – Too Rock
Technically this piece of residential architecture is based in the foothills of the Toowoomba Range, in the tiny suburb of Withcott. Still, it’s too impressive not to share, combining natural timber and stone for an unmistakable look that meshes with the surrounding forestry.
The Johnson House – Too Rock earnt builders Mark Winter Construction two big wins at the Master Builders Downs & Western Housing & Construction Awards 2018.
5. Rockmount Homestead
From the same builders who constructed the Johnson House – Too Rock comes the Rockmount Homestead. This sprawling property looks like a traditional Queenslander without the stilts, but inside it’s a marvel of modern inclusions. Set on a huge block of land, this homestead truly makes the most of its environment.
The Rockmount Homestead also picked up a gong at the Master Builders Downs & Western Housing & Construction Awards 2018, this time for excellence in sustainable living.
These are five of our favourites – what are yours?
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