The Building

The Ipswich Club’s home on Gray Street is a gracious and imposing example of early 20th Century Queensland architecture. Designed by well-known local architect George Brockwell Gill for highly regarded businessman and alderman James Parker Bottomley and his family, the high set timber building boasts many beautiful and iconic elements.

Set back from the street within established gardens, prominent details of the house include deep, breeze-catching verandahs, a projecting octagonal porch, double access stairs, decorative timber balustrading and a terracotta roof and finials.

Renovations and adaptations have occurred over the years with the Ipswich Club now including a lounge bar, dining room with glass walls overlooking the gardens, as well as a spacious function area. During the time of the Bottomley family, the house was a favoured venue for community social events.

Purchased by the Ipswich Club in 1959, that tradition continued with local groups and organisations choosing the popular setting for a range of events. Today, over one hundred years from its inception and over fifty years as the Ipswich Club, the building remains an elegant example of Ipswich’s late Federation era architecture, and a favoured and much admired venue for members and local organisations alike