Detail view of entrance bay and devil grotesque ornament of the north eastern entrance of the former Queensland Government Printing Office from George Street, Brisbane

De Gruchy, Graham Francis. Detail view of entrance bay and devil grotesque ornament of the north eastern entrance of the former Queensland Government Printing Office from George Street, Brisbane.

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Art Forms in Brisbane
 
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Title Detail view of entrance bay and devil grotesque ornament of the north eastern entrance of the former Queensland Government Printing Office from George Street, Brisbane
Alternative Title Old Government Printing Office, The Printing Building, Public Services Club
Abstract/Summary 'The entrance bay has a rusticated base of granite and an arch leads to an inset porch with stairs up to the entrance doors. These doors are timber with stained glass panels and side lights depicting various printing techniques. Above the arch is a relief carved devil's face and banners with the words PRINTING OFFICE and the date 1910.'https://heritage-register.ehp.qld.gov.au/placeDetail.html?siteId=14889
Date of construction 1912
Date photo taken 1984
Date scanned 2012-11-26
Publisher The University of Queensland Library
Architect Smith, Edwan Evan, 1870-1965
Photographer De Gruchy, Graham Francis
Contributor Mackintosh, William (sculptor)
Location 110 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Australia
Open Access Status Other
Category Recreation and sports
Subcategory Clubhouses
Period Federation (1890-1915)
Style Classical Revival
Condition Original
Structural Systems & Elements Masonry construction
Building Materials Sandstone
porphyry
Stained glass
Architectural Features Grotesques
Ornaments
Rustication
Arched Structure
Arched openings
Entrances
Pilasters
Doorways
Rights Research and private study only. Not to be reproduced without prior written permission. Rights holder: Graham Francis De Gruchy.
References Art Forms in Brisbane D
Additional Notes 'The printer’s devil has its origins in the days when newspapers were seen as heresy for printing stuff that was not related to God. This particular building is rumoured to be haunted with the ghost of a young man who was caught up in and killed by the printing presses when he climbed in to see why one had stopped working.'http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/visitor-info-arts-culture-history/government-printing-office-cbd
 
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