COFFEE @ Honor Food Co – New Farm 4005.
A major feature of Honor Food Co is its stunning location. Situated across the road from New Farm Park and just minutes from the Brisbane Powerhouse, Honor Food Co is a feel good café.
With the Jacaranda trees in full bloom and the intense Queensland blue skies, the view across the park is just beautiful. Black chairs, timber tables, high ceilings, simple and elegant signage, a white painted brick wall and an exposed timber stud wall combine to create a refreshing, very fashionable and comfortable space.
If I lived in the area, Honor Food Co would be my regular haunt; the place I’d go to for a daily dose of soul food!!
NOW & THEN around New Farm, Queensland
Deriving its name from the fact that the peninsula was used for farming as early as 1827, New Farm is one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs. Convicts are known to have worked with lime kilns along the New Farm river bank in the 1800s.
The Colonial Sugar Refinery was built in 1893 marking the beginning of concentrated industrial development in the area. As industry expanded, the demand for workers’ housing increased and further subdivisions took place.
In the 1930s several residential flat buildings were constructed, creating a mix of housing styles of varying affordability. The closure of the powerhouse and the railway line in the 1990s signified the looming gentrification that was to take place.
Today, New Farm has one of the highest population densities in the greater Brisbane area.
A photographic record of my visit to New Farm, QLD
Providing tangible and intangible links to our past, adaptively reused industrial heritage sites are an important part of our built environment and landscape. The adaptive reuse of buildings can be a challenging process, as dealing with issues like contamination is complex. Nevertheless, the advantages and rewards can be immense.
The following adaptive reuse projects in the New Farm area highlight how giving a new life to a site can promote the regeneration and development of an urban area.
The following projects showcase how contemporary building works have been added to traditional pre 1946 dwellings in the New Farm Area.
An observable fact in the New Farm area is the growing number of modern residential dwellings constructed in the rear gardens of larger original blocks. Traditional cottages have been retained so that the historic streetscape remains intact.
New Farm falls within the local government area of Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia. The Brisbane City Plan 2014 identifies heritage listed properties and provides information about altering and developing land in Brisbane.
Brisbane City Council website,Brisbane History website, Queensland Government website – Heritage Register.
Historical images courtesy Flickr Commons & the State Library of Queensland.