Jubilee Hotel: Enhancing an iconic history

Black and white photograph of the Jubilee Hotel, taken circa 1929

Constructed in 1887-88 for brewer William Gooley, chief brewer for Perkins and Co, the Jubilee Hotel was delivered in a boom time for hotel construction in the Valley – the nearby and heritage listed Empire and Prince Consort hotels both also opened in 1888.

Now colloquially known as ‘The Jube’, it was designed by Richard Gailey, an Irish architect who established his practice in Brisbane in 1865. Over the next 60 years Gailey built up a thriving business, responsible for designing many of Brisbane’s now iconic watering holes including the Regatta Hotel, the Wickham Hotel, the Orient and the Empire.

Since its first licensee Isabella Atwell, who ran the hotel until 1902, the Jubilee Hotel has continued to operate as a much loved local venue – a tradition we look forward to continuing upon completion of the refurbishment.

In 1925, alterations to the hotel were carried out based on the design of Richard Gailey (Jnr), son of the original architect.

Nearly 100 years later, our planned renewal will soon restore the hotel back to its original presentation whilst delivering a modern extension and courtyard that relates to the heritage architecture whilst also referencing Jubilee Place’s iconic diagrid.

More information coming soon!

Photo: Jubilee Hotel circa 1929. Credit: State Library Qld Neg 1877