In the early 1900s, Brisbane City Council cast its vision towards a tramway system, resulting in the creation of the Brisbane City Council New Farm Powerhouse, designed by council Tramway Architect Roy Rusden Ogg, constructed in stages between 1928 and 1940.
At its peak in the post-war years, the New Farm Powerhouse supplied electricity for the largest tram network in the southern hemisphere and serviced many of Brisbane’s suburbs. The power station was officially decommissioned in 1971, and the now derelict building was a welcome shelter for the homeless, a site for target practice for the army, a location for film-makers and, as a precursor of its future, a canvas for graffiti artists and a stage for underground art happenings.
Surviving two decades of neglect, and a partially completed demolition project, the building was reacquired by Brisbane City Council in 1989, and the power station was envisioned as a space for arts and culture. The redeveloped Brisbane Powerhouse was designed by Brisbane City Council architect Peter Roy and was opened on 10 May, 2000 by Lord Mayor Jim Soorley. Seven years later the building underwent a further stage of development, and was re-opened on 6 June, 2007 by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.
GUIDED TOUR TIMES
Tours daily at 11am and 3pm. Limited capacity
HOW TO BOOK
Register for tours on the day
Public and private spaces as available
Wear smart casual attire
Jan Powers Farmers Market Saturday only 6am to 12pm and free live music Sunday only from 3.30pm to 5.30pm