Thursday, 4 February 2010

Smithfield, museum and gallery

The Fairfield City Museum and Gallery are located on The Horsley Drive in the western Sydney suburb of Smithfield. The museum (top), built in 1913, was the first council chambers of the Municipality of Smithfield and Fairfield, which was incorporated in 1888. The council chambers moved to Fairfield when it had become the commercial centre in the area and this property was sold and converted into a family residence. The local council recognised the historical value of the property so bought it back and opened it as a museum in 1983. Numerous buildings were also moved or erected on this property to create a village atmosphere of the early 1900s. The Stein Gallery, an art gallery (bottom) built in 1995, was designed and positioned to compliment the style of the old council building.

7 comments:

  1. It's a nice building. I particularly like the porch and columns.

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  2. I like the clean lines of the architecture. Lovely!

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  3. We enjoy the historical village type of museum -- much more interesting than dusty collections in one building. This is a beautiful building and I'm glad they were able to buy it back for public use.

    Thank you for your comment on FT-L; I think you're right, San Diego and Sydney could be seen to resemble each other. (Not known from my personal experience,
    sadly, but from your pictures of Sydney Harbor!

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  4. I am glad they kept the old veranda and poles. Even though the old council chambers were not 19th century, the building still looks Australian, I think.

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  5. What a beautiful contrast to see this city and its photography. Many times feeling like an oasis, best to be conserved in a museum.

    Please have a wonderful Thursday.

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  6. It looks like a great place to and at the same time enjoy the fine architecture.

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