17 April 2024




​Ballow Chambers was built by Hutchies in 1924 for £17K. It has stood humbly on Spring Hill watching over the growing city of Brisbane for 100 years. Two years after it was built, Hutchies was commissioned to add a further two storeys onto the prestigious and popular medical specialists' building.

The building was designed by well known architect Lange Powell in Georgian style, and was one of Brisbane's first purpose built modern specialist medical buildings. Ballow Chambers was named after Brisbane's first private doctors, David Ballow, who died of typhus fever while treating immigrants quarantined at Dunwich in 1850.

This World Heritage Day is a perfect opportunity to look back on one of Hutchies' oldest buildings that still plays a proud role in Australia's urban fabric today. Established in 1912, Hutchies has a proud history with enduring buildings that have become historical icons.

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Ballow Chambers is an accomplished building which is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a purpose-built interwar medical office building, including in the restrained design the assertion of medical specialist prestige.





Ballow Chambers was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992 recognising aesthetic significance and being part of the early establishment of Wickham Terrace's specialist medicine precinct. Despite its age, the building has remained relatively unchanged and continues to operate as specialist medical offices, with the 1920s ambience sustained.

The story of Ballow Chambers is featured in More Than The Truth: Hutchies' Hundred Years book which covers a century of rich history and stories.

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