COFFEE @ Atticus Finch Cafe – Paddington 4064.
Deriving its name from a fictional character in the classic Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch Café is located in the heart of Paddington.
An internal feature wall in the historic weatherboard cottage has been fittingly decorated with the pages of an old copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Most of the seating is outside under a fixed awning or canvas umbrellas, save for a small table inside. There are some really cool leather chairs and stools on the deck and a couple of the tables have some nice leg detailing.
The dappled light coming through the canopy of the street tree creates a lovely ambiance and despite the noise generated from the adjacent main road, Atticus Finch is a cosy place to hang out.
NOW & THEN around Paddington, Queensland.
Europeans settled in Paddington in the late 1850s. Original development occurred around a series of water holes that ran into the Brisbane River.
The area developed slowly as the steep topography created challenges with regard to public transport and building. When electric trams reached the area in c.1906, a housing and population boom followed. Working families and seasonal workers working in the factories surrounding the Brisbane CBD found Paddington affordable and convenient.
In the 1980s, Paddington was one of the first suburbs in Brisbane to undergo the gentrification process. Consequently, the cost of accommodation rose, development occurred and Paddington is now a very desirable residential location with a vibrant coffee culture.
A photographic record of my visit to Paddington, QLD
The following projects showcase how contemporary building works have been added to traditional built forms in the Paddington area.
The following images of the heritage listed c.1929 Plaza Theatre provide an example of an ornate 1930s movie house that has been adaptively reused. The original vaulted plaster ceiling, which can still be seen today, was painted blue and ‘stars’ used to twinkle and simulate an outdoor setting.
The theatre operated until television was introduced to Brisbane in the late 1950s. The theatre closed in 1961 and a level floor was installed so the building could be used as a basketball court. Today the Paddington Antique Centre occupies the main hall, and the shops fronting Latrobe Terrace are still occupied by a variety of tenants.
Paddington 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 of the State Library of Queensland.