Hotelier Charles Osbourne commissioned Brisbane architect James Furnival to design the Osbourne Hotel. The hotel opened in 1864 and was the second Hotel to open in Fortitude Valley. Its design is a gentle nod to the art deco era, the Osbourne standing proudly at home on the corner of Ann and Constance Streets.
The Fitzgibbons family have owned the Hotel since 1980. Brian Fitzgibbons Snr, knew and loved the hotel as his favourite watering hole during the war, when he worked in the Naval Stores at Teneriffe The Hotel has had a number of renovations since that time, under the expertise of Brisbane Architects, BSPN Architecture.
Some interesting names have hung aloft the door – The Dead Rat, The Rat & Parrot and more recently, Fringe Bar and Kerbside – and some interesting characters have shared a sip, from the infamous Painters and Dockers in the 1970s, to Bjelke-Petersen pollies and punters.
2017 saw a major renovation. This project was born out of the ambition to revitalise the Osbourne’s prominent corner site location into a landmark of Fortitude Valley. To achieve this, the existing façade was restored and refreshed to give it a modern look complementing the contemporary extension.
The ground floor of the existing building refurbishment has a more inward focus and has an eclectic feel. Internal linings were removed to reveal the brick, steel and timber skeleton of the original heritage of the building. The Osbourne is noted on the City Plan’s register as being of important cultural heritage to the City.
The existing bar has been refinished with a concrete bar top and a unique bar front covered with electroplated gold tubes. Quirky furniture, artwork and lighting selections further enhance the atmosphere of the space whilst referencing the expansive past of the venue.
The space takes advantage of South East Queensland’s climate incorporating passive subtropical design fundamentals like cross ventilation, natural light, vegetation and solar control. A series of ceiling fans, misting fans and gas heaters have also been integrated to complement the natural cooling and heating strategies. These factors combine to deliver a pleasant environment for the hotel’s patrons.
The beer garden extension focused on blurring boundaries through integration of landscape and removal of barriers within an open, expansive space covered by a flyover translucent roof. This has resulted in a series of transparent, easily accessible, semi enclosed spaces subtly defined through the use of materials, landscaping and timber pergola elements. The lower portion of the beer garden is defined by feature graffiti murals and a retractable roof Finishes in the extension component of the project are a combination of brick, timber, concrete and glass.
Front of house spaces
Limited wheelchair access
Refreshments available to purchase