Case Studies
in Stone

We’re quietly proud that, when we pack up our tools and drive away from a job site, our work is barely to be seen. Recent projects where you won’t notice Classical Stone’s efforts include:

Anzac Square, Brisbane

Preparation of all required stone, and full restoration of the stone stairs around the shrine leading down to the park, along with the stone treads, pond coping, and internal tiling. Most recently, Classical Stone was tasked with the conservation of a convict-built wall uncovered in the vault beneath the shrine.

Saint John’s Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane

Classical Stone provided the banker stone required for the construction of the Cathedral front entrance, as well as the completion and preparation of all stone required for the eight minor towers and spires.

Parliament House, Alice Street, Brisbane

Significant ongoing contract for the preparation of all stone required for this large ongoing conservation project. Classical Stone has also been retained to carry out periodic on-site stone installation.

MacArthur Chambers, Brisbane

Extensive conservation work on the George Street Elevation of this historically significant seven storey building.

Brisbane City Council projects

Restoration of many historical sites including the gate piers at the Old Windmill, Wickham Park; Pike Place Memorial, Brookfield; WWI memorial at Toowong Memorial Park; and Christ Church Cemetery, Milton.

Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach

New building and extensions including conference/reception building.

Former Rockhampton Post Office

Conservation work on the Denham Street elevation of this city icon.

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, Rockhampton

Classical Stone carried out full conservation and restoration of this very significant 110 year old gothic-styled cathedral. The extensive program of work covered all traditional aspects of stone masonry.

Work included a full de-point and repoint internally and external, a full clean of the cathedral interior and exterior, new extensions to both side entrances, and extensive cobblestone paving. A new solid stone boundary fence was constructed in a style sympathetic to the cathedral design. Classical Stone also designed and installed seating and lighting throughout the new landscape.

Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Rockhampton

Restoration and conservation work on lancet windows and historic internal pieces. Most recently, Classical Stone was contracted to undertake full replacement of iron roof tiles, as well as conservation work required to the cathedral’s bell cote and gothic cross.

World War I stone memorial restoration

This stone memorial had been painted several times over the years. Whilst extensive upgrades were underway within the park, the local council asked for the memorial to be taken back to its original sandstone presentation.

A poultice was applied to the painted services, then carefully removed to peel away the paint build-up. To complete the task, Classical Stone used a steam jet to remove any residual paint from deeply carved areas.

Restoration of prayer desk

The pedestal and desk were taken back to our masons’ yard at Rosewood, carefully cleaned and restored, and then reinstated back within the cathedral.

Cathedral bell cote repair

The stone members either side of the bell where the hanging bar was fixed had fatigued and cracked due to the rusting of ferrous fixings. The bell cote was pulled down to the sill level, and new stone members were made.

During this time, the iron bell was carefully restored and a new clapper cast to replace the existing ferrous one, along with a new hanging bar for the bell. The bell cote was rebuilt, and the bell now rings beautifully.

Cleaning and repointing of nave


Stained glass window restoration

The rose window of the window series had deteriorated badly, with failing lead cames and broken and cracked glass elements throughout.

The rose window was carefully removed and taken to Brisbane for restoration. This involved the complete disassembly of the window, and cutting of new glass to replace those elements where pieces were missing, as well as repairing cracked elements.

All the individual glass elements were cleaned, then the window was rebuilt and reinstated. The lancet windows were cleaned and repaired in-situ where required. The existing steel mesh window protection was removed, stone mullions and foils cleaned and repaired, and new toughened glass fixed across the full window to protect the series.