Bishop's House, Cairns

Bishop's House, Cairns

Originally constructed as a Roman Catholic monastery, Bishop's House has since evolved into a cherished bishop's residence. Also known as Saint Monica's Monastery/Priory, it holds a significant place in the city's history and cultural fabric.

Designed by Father Joseph Phelan and brought to life by the skilled hands of Michael Garvey in 1930, Bishop's House is a two-storeyed architectural marvel constructed using reinforced concrete. The building exudes a timeless charm, reminiscent of colonial India, showcasing a style that captivates and transports visitors to a bygone era.

Its rectangular plan form is graced with a wide open verandah that gracefully lines Abbott Street, offering a welcoming and elegant entrance to the residence. Over time, some verandah sections have been enclosed, adding a touch of modernity while preserving the building's historical character.

The Bishop's House's architectural details are a celebration of the Edwardian era, evident in the clear-finished silky oak used for the doors and windows. The main entrance, accessed via wide concrete steps leading to a timber porch, opens to a heavy timber-paneled door with lead-lighted side panels—a glimpse of the meticulous craftsmanship that defines the entire building.

Edwardian elegance is further reflected in the patterned opaque hopper over lights and half-glass doors, each thoughtfully designed to infuse the interiors with natural light. The plaster ceilings adorned with simple coved cornices and the polished timber floors exude a sense of understated sophistication.

Contemporary to the construction of the building, a fence lines Abbott Street and gracefully returns down Minnie Street, an enduring reminder of the building's storied past and its significance to the community.

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Sight Name: Bishop's House
Sight Location: Cairns, Australia (See walking tours in Cairns)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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