Monday 10 May 2010

The Rocks, Australian Steamship Navigation Company building

The Australian Steamship Navigation Company building (ASNC) is located on the corner of Hickson Road and George Street at The Rocks. This warehouse and office building was designed by William Wardell in the Federation Anglo-Dutch style and completed in 1884. It was later used as Government Ordnance Stores and in 1906 the Department of Defence moved in. It was converted to office space and from 1950 was occupied by the Australian Commonwealth Offices for the Department of Works and Housing. It was acquired by the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority in 1989, who restored it in 1991-92 to its original appearance. It now has galleries, retail space and restaurants at street level on Hickson Road and Circular Quay West and commercial offices on the upper floors.


  1. That's quite a fantastic, brick building! The bridge from a day earlier is quite nice, too!

  2. Magnificent brick building!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Monday!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Great building. It's good to see old gems like this restored and used.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

  4. Hi J Bar,
    Thanks for visiting my photo on SkyWatch Friday. ( )
    A friend and I, who share a passion for photography, have started a site called
    Everyday Life Around the World. ( )
    This is about sharing little pieces of your everyday life with people all over the world. There will be a new theme each week. The theme will be presented on Sunday and then you have the whole following week to post your picture.
    The theme for this week is “A typical house in my village/town!”
    I hope to see a house from the place where you live.
    Best wishes
    Guy Jonsson

  5. A nice brick building. Maybe we'll see it next Saturday.

  6. And some really beautiful detail on the tower. I like this building very much.

  7. One can only continue to be amazed of the bright and beautiful world you are able to show each night.
    Chapeau !
    Please have a wonderful start into the new week.

    daily athens

  8. You find the most fantastic examples of 19th century buildings that have survived.

    The Federation Anglo-Dutch style is an interesting label. Too early for Federation and without any Dutch influence in Australia that I know of, The Australian Steamship Navigation Company building looks like one of a kind. William Wardell must have had a clear vision of what he wanted, but I am not sure at all.

  9. that building is really beautiful!great picture..

  10. These old buildings look great when they have been restored.

  11. Great shots. Its a beautiful building.

  12. What a great photo of an interesting building. I like the story too.

  13. This shows how much detail the architects were in the past. Like the brick buildings

  14. Great shots. I tried to photograph this building a couple weeks ago but I wasn't happy with the results. Your shots are much better.

  15. Nice architecture and perspective. I am glad you enjoyed the Phoenician resorts series on my site. I have now started a week of macro photos. I hope all is well.

  16. This is such a beautiful well maintained brick building. The design is spectacular. I have pictures of it from one of my trips to Australia years ago. I loved exploring the rocks, and even bought a T-shirt that I wore for many years from Pancakes on the Rocks! Great little shops down there - fun area.

  17. I want to visit it. What an excellent idea.


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