Athol Place was one of the first buildings constructed on Wickham Terrace in the early 1860s. Initially, Athol Place was a block of three stone terrace houses built by Alexander McNab, a building contractor, who managed them as residential rental properties. Mr McNab lived next door in Athol Cottage, which has since been demolished.
Athol Place was named after Blair Atholl in Scotland, the hometown of Mr McNab.
Over the years, Athol Place served various purposes including acting as a boarding house for Brisbane Girls’ High School students, a private family home, and more recently doctors consulting suites.
Athol Place was added to the Queensland Heritage register in 1992 due to its significance as an example of one of the earliest stone terraced houses in Brisbane, and is one of the few surviving original residential buildings left along Wickham Terrace. Most two-storey terrace houses in Brisbane were built in brick or timber, therefore the stone construction of Athol Place makes it a unique example of Brisbane’s history and architecture.
In 1979 Athol Place was purchased by Doctor Jon Cohen and Doctor John Herron. During their tenure, they renovated the building to reinstate the exterior and refurbish the interior, creating two medical consulting suites downstairs and three one-bedroom apartments upstairs.
In 2020, Doctor Jon Cohen’s son, Doctor Toby Cohen completed further renovation works ensuring its historical characteristics were protected and retained, while allowing the building to continue to function as a high-end medical office for its current residents.