Brisbane’s Historic Venues | Brisbane Powerhouse

For lovers of vintage, the ultimate venue is one steeped in history and over the coming weeks we’ll be showcasing some of our favourite historical Brisbane venues. Today we put our spotlight onto one of our favourites the BRISBANE POWERHOUSE​.

Built between 1927 – 1928 in fabulous Art Deco Industrial style, the Powerhouse was originally constructed to provide electricity for Brisbane’s Tramways but as Brisbane grew, more and more of the surrounding suburbs such as Yeerongpilly, Toowong and Ithaca drew their power from the New Farm powerhouse.

12_-_New_Farm_Powerhouse,_1950_Image Credit Brisbane City CouncilImage Credit: Brisbane City Council

After the station’s closure in 1971 the building was used as a works depot and for chemical storage and was even used for military exercises. It served as a makeshift shelter for the homeless, hosted street parties and was used as a film set.

In 1984 the largest building, the Boiler Room was partially demolished and it wasn’t until the 90’s that some discussion took place regarding the future of the building. It was hoped that the Powerhouse could be reopened as a centre for the Arts and in 2000 the Brisbane Powerhouse was officially opened by Lord Mayor Jim Soorley. Significant refurbishments in 2006 costing $3.5 million dollars leave us with what many feel is one of the most on trend arts and function spaces in the city.

Brisbane Powerhouse Image Credit Your Brisbane Past and PresentImage Credit: Your Brisbane: Past and Present

Why do we love it?

We love the grungy industrial feel, soaring ceilings and visible history on its walls. It’s almost as if the building wants to spill its secrets and tell its stories!  The venue has been tastefully and sympathetically modernised and includes all the facilities required for a fantastic event. The event spaces are fabulously flexible in the way they can be styled but my personal favourite styling for The Powerhouse is eclectic!

There are photo opportunities at every turn and access to New Farm Park is just a stroll away. I have to tell you that the views out over our wonderful Brisbane River don’t hurt either!

We are incredibly proud to have been invited along to so many of our client’s outstanding weddings at Brisbane Powerhouse.  To see more of what we can create for you check out the wedding of Kirsty & Warwick.  I’ll leave a little teaser for you here:

Terri Hanlon PhotographyImage Credit: Terri Hanlon PhotographyKirsty & Warwicks Wedding Styled by Moments in Vintage - Image by Terri Hanlon 44Image Credit: Terri Hanlon Photography. Flowers by Elyssium Blooms.


The Brisbane Powerhouse is located at 119 Lamington St, New Farm.  To get in contact to discuss your event phone 3358 8600 or email

For more information on styling your event contact Tisa on 0422 544722 or email View our hire collection here.

To learn more about the history of many wonderful Brisbane buildings check out Your Brisbane: Past and Present.

Have you hosted an event at Brisbane Powerhouse?  We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!