Friday, 17 September 2010

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Greenway Building of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music built in 1821, was commissioned by Governor Lachlan Macquarie as the stables for the nearby Government House of New South Wales, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was designed by Francis Greenway and in the Old Colonial Gothick Picturesque style. It became the NSW State Conservatorium of Music in 1916 and is now part of the University of Sydney. This building and a brilliant blue sky are seen here reflected in the glass of a skylight for the underground levels of the school. A side view of the building can be seen here.

66 comments:

  1. What a great shot. Wonderful reflection and blue sky.

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  2. A crisp photo of a fantastic place.
    Those horses really lived in a castle!
    What fun it must be to study music there today.

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  3. What a great reflection of the building, sky and trees!

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  4. Fantastic capture, Jim! This one and the reflection really took my breath away! Such blue, blue skies! And that's a pretty fancy place for the horses to have lived! I, too, think it would be a great place to study music -- or anything else for that matter! Have wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  5. Great shot. I remember walking pass it last summer with my mum and the kids. It's a lovely building and I can't imagine it being a stable.

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  6. A magic shot of an awesome place, masterful and creative!

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  7. What a beautiful conservatorium (maybe a tad over the top as stables, though)! And your capture, with the deep blue sky and its reflection is awesome, Jim!

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  8. Really good reflection here Jim. ZJust need to go and check that date.

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  9. I have 1816 as the date for the stables. It was THE major cause of Commissioner Bigge investigating Macquarie's wasteful spending on what was meant to be a colony to punish offenders. Macquarie's tenure finished in 1821.

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  10. A superb angle on this building, and great light - well Sydney skies again!

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  11. Thanks, Julie. The Syd Con website says it was commissioned by Governor Macquarie in 1817 but doesn't say when constructed was completed. I'll update my post.

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  12. WHAT a gorgeous reflections. I thought it was water at first...wow! Nice photo!

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  13. Probably one of the best pictures I've ever seen. Chapeau ! Please have a wonderful Friday.

    daily athens

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  14. so beautiful and clear. i also enoyed the sculpture on previous post.

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  15. a beautiful building and a good eye with that reflection.

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  16. Such a fantastic photo! and buildning! Wonderful reflection! :)

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  17. Your sky is blue as ever!
    It's a very special reflection you caught with that beautiful building.

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  18. A good fun shot of an interesting building. Love the palms reaching into the big blue!

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  19. Bruce, it's not a car. It's a glass skylight.

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  20. wow...its so blue, sharp, and saturated...awesome

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  21. Fantastic shot...with the contrast of the blue skiy and the white building ...then there is the tall palms...and the reflection! Great!

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  22. I love everything about this photo! The building is gorgeous, the blue sky is just awesome, and the reflection on the skylight is wonderful!

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  23. Quite a beautiful sight, especially with the reflection! music seems a more fitting use for this building than being a barn.

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  24. didn't know that was Greenway. Quite different to his others.

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  25. totally stunning photograph.
    Interesting new/old building.

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  26. Ann, it certainly is different to his other buildings. I believe he designed it to resemble a medieval castle back in England.

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  27. What a building and what a blue sky !! It also would be a nice picture for "Weekend Reflections" !

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  28. Buongiorno J Bar, I would say the art of building for the art of music, both necessary for a good life.
    Great shots!

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  29. Wow! This is more than amazing! I so love the blue sky and the reflection! Perfectly captured!

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  30. Awesome! Fantastic reflection! I really like this photo!

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  31. White building, palms, blue sky, stunning reflection , and interesting building all work together to make a great shot.

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  32. Nice building, I like the reflections too and the blue sky. Thanks for sharing Jim:)

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  33. Wow I would love to visit sydney once, great shots, thanks for viisiting my blog, JoAnn/Holland

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  34. So wonderful! Great photo and reflection! I like;-)

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  35. Great capture. The reflection in water is nice.

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  36. Great photo! This is a gorgeous image, very appealing.

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  37. amazing shot!!
    love the reflection and the colors!

    :)

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  38. What an amazing and unique shot of that Conservatorium. It appears to in blue water with the blue sky above. Remarkable sight.

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  39. I love this shot! The contrast between the blue sky and the white building is striking and the reflection is wonderful!

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  40. What a fantastic shot! The reflection is so crisp and the blues are so bright!

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  41. wow, it looks like a castle floating in the sky!!

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  42. Every one else has already said it! Wonderful!

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  43. Fantastic shot! The bright, sharp colors, love that blue. The reflection is like a mirror!

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  44. Perfect to get the reflection - good work!
    MB

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  45. Your reflection is truly awesome! What a great shot.

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  46. What a cool shot! Awesome reflection and beautiful sky!

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