Brisbane Open House
3 Edward Street, Brisbane
Saturday : 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday : 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
General access (self guided) // General access (self guided tours)

The Naval Offices on Edward Street are the only naval headquarters constructed by the Queensland Department of Public Works. The building was completed in late June 1901, and although the Commonwealth took control of Queensland’s Naval Forces in 1901, the Naval Offices remained in Queensland ownership in 1911. No other Australian Colony built Naval Offices in the years just prior to Federation and the subsequent transfer of defence assets to federal control. The building was used as a secondary site for Naval Offices during the Second World War, and underwent significant renovations to increase the office size.

The Naval Offices were surplus to the RAN’s requirements by 1977, and the building was left vacant until 1982 when it was leased as Muddie’s Seafood Restaurant. The building was leased, rather than sold so that conditions protecting the historical section of the Naval Offices could be written into the lease.

In the early 1990s, Bruce Buchanan Architects led a restoration of the building, recovering lost or obscured significant fabrics, demolishing the extensions added in 1944, and reconstructing the rear verandah. The building is now fully occupied by Archipelago, an innovative architecture, landscape architecture and urban design studio.

Tour Information

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival, Great for kids, Not Accessibility friendly

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Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed


Original architect Thomas Pye. The restoration heritage architect is Bruce Buchanan Architects
1933 - First Floor rear verandah added, First toilets added out the back. 1944 - Timber office extension added in the back garden enclosing the verandah 1990's - Building was refurbished by Bruce Buchanan Architects, with a focus on restoration. Back offices were demolished, the toilets were upgraded, a kitchenette was installed on the first floor.