Open House Gold Coast

On Saturday 17 October 2015, the Gold Coast city did host the inaugural Open House, unlocking the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and invited Gold Coasters to take a behind-the-scenes tour of private places not typically available for public access.

Open House did provide a snapshot of the future of urban design on the Gold Coast as well as a journey into the past, with a collection of both contemporary and historic architecture open to the public.

Twenty five sites did offer guided and self-guided tours, children’s activities and other special events throughout the day.

This unprecedented access did enable Gold Coasters to deepen their understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design in creating a more vibrant civic life, and open a citywide conversation about building a better Gold Coast.


TSS Private School Southport

TSS Private School Southport

My Photography on the day was based on one building landscape area known as TSS The Southport School pictured above and in my Gallery for better resolution when opened, information about this building listed below, also the St. Alban’s Chapel 1920/21 pictured below with information.

TSS Clock tower Building 1925/26
Constructed as dormitories in 1925/26, with the Great hall on the east as a Dining Room, the three houses occupied the three floors, Ground floor, Thorold; Middle floor, Delpratt; Top Floor, McKinley. The building served as an American army hospital during WWII. The western wing was added in 1954 with the School’s Library on the ground floor until the current Library was built in 1975. On the northern end were Housemaster’s flats for Delpratt and McKinley; and the new dormitories were built on each floor on the southern side. The former Library is now known as the Memorial room; it was constructed as the Second World War memorial and contains memorabilia from our World War II veterans. The stained glass windows in the Memorial Room depicts the crests of the three original ‘Houses’-Thorold, Delpratt, and McKinley (all founded in 1909)-as well as each of the Armed Forces.
Only Delpratt House remains in the building; the others are now in purpose built buildings on the southern side of the School.
The ground floor of the building now houses a Visitor’s Reception, office including Admissions, in addition to boarder’s quarters.

Gold Coast Open House St. Albans Chapel 1920.21 inside with beautiful reflections from outside

Gold Coast Open House St. Alban’s Chapel 1920.21 inside with beautiful reflections from outside

TSS St. Alban’s Chapel 1920/21
Considered to be the spiritual heart of the School, St Alban’s Chapel was built as a memorial to those Southportanians who served in WW1 in the Narthex, an honour board list the names of all past students who served in The Great War, with those killed in action listed in the centre panel while the outer panels show the names of all who served. Over time the stained glass windows were dedicated to various people, including former students killed in action and some who returned safely, as well as staff and loved ones. The Chapel was the first building to be built on the hill site and in Noe-Gothic style characteristics of the newer building at the School. It was consecrated in 1921 by the second Archbishop of Brisbane, Gerald Sharp. A unique feature is that the pews face inward, in collegiate style, Banners hang from the Ceiling, representing each of the School’s Houses, including the Prep School.
Above the Narthex is the Chapel organ, purchased in the mid 1920s and manufactured by Whitehouse & Co, it is a two-manual organ with 12 stops and pedals and has been recently refurbished.

More pictures in gallery, love to no your comments as usual good or bad, as I am always learning, keep shooting all and enjoy the rest of your week.


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