Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sydney Architecture

The Garden Palace Exhibition Building in the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens which was built for the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879.

I recently came across a great site which takes a look at the architecture of Sydney past and present and, being originally from Sydney, I am finding it totally fascinating.
A huge amount of research and passion has been put into this project which includes structures both public and residential in the central business district, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Martin Place, Glebe, Sydney University, Pyrmont and much more.

More unusual destinations such as little known railway tunnels on the 'Subterranean Sydney' page, Redfern Mortuary Terminal, and Callan Park (former lunatic asylum) make intriguing reading.

My very favourite part of this site is the 'Gone but Not Forgotten' section which features buildings, tragically now demolished, that I remember well, such as the magnificent Anthony Hordern's Emporium and the Regent Theatre, to the earlier 'Garden Palace', 'Royal Arcade' and 'Sydney Arcade' which we can only imagine the splendour of.

The Anthony Hordern's Palace Emporium. I still can't believe they demolished this incredible Sydney landmark.. what a huge loss it was.

In addition to the 'Sydney Architecture' site there are also linked sister sites as part of the same project exploring the architecture of worldwide venues such as Paris, London, New York, Italy, China, Dubai and Islamic culture.

Be prepared to put aside some serious time to take in all the sights... a truly amazing and ambitious internet experience.
Visit the 'Sydney Architecture' site here

The Victorian Gothic 'Redfern Mortuary Terminal' which, fortunately, is still standing.

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