THE home of Sir John Pidgeon has been demolished three years after it made headlines for being one of the most expensive homes sold at auction in Brisbane.
The 5275sq m Holland Park property, which long-time locals affectionately call ‘the Manor of Lamb’s Estate’, was built by Frank Lamb in 1955, and bought by Queensland builder Sir John Pidgeon in around 1960.
After his death in 2016, the residence at 14 Otway St, Holland Park, was sold at auction for $5.225 million, and it is still the ninth most expensive house to sell at auction in Brisbane.
“They’re ripping the heart out of the neighbourhood,” one Holland Park resident said while the house was being pulled down behind him on Thursday.
“Pidgeon was a builder not a developer, he was concerned about the neighbourhood.
“We used to have large blocks of land and his was the biggest, a manor house, and there weren’t so many people using the streets.”
Ironically, the Brisbane Transit Centre, which Sir John built in 1986, is also earmarked for demolition to make way for the new Cross River Rail project.
At 14 Otway St, the tennis court, pool area and back yard have already been subdivided into four house blocks with two buildings on Paxton St and two vacant blocks on Otway St.
The word on the street is that the demolished house site will make way for another four house blocks.
“People are trying to get in (to Holland Park) now while prices are still good,” one local builder said.
Holland Park’s median house price is $720,000 while neighbouring Coorparoo is $835,000.