Monday, 14 January 2013

Darlington, Institute Building

The Institute Building is located along City Road in the inner city suburb of Darlington. It was designed by architect Benjamin Backhouse and built in stages from 1870 to 1892 with additions by other architects continuing in 1912 and 1928. It was built in the Italianate architectural style but contains French Gothic style elements. It housed the NSW Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, the largest institution for deaf, dumb and blind children in Australia. It was acquired by the nearby Sydney University as part of the university's expansion beyond its original site.


  1. A grand lady is this building and so beautifully preserved! The touches of yellow along the balconies and roof line features give it extra character!

  2. How how are u? It's 29 yesterday, and It was too hot for me.

    1. It was 42 in Sydney last week and 45 in the western suburbs. Now that's hot.

  3. an impressive building, i like the architecture.

  4. I crossed City Rd near this beautiful building for many years, on my way to work.

  5. Wouldn't it be fabulous to climb up into one of those domes and survey the city from above.

  6. Pretty, in such a subtle, beautiful array of soft colors.

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  7. Quite the blue sky with majestic building ~ lovely photo for Blue Monday ~

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  9. Beautiful building. I am your neighbor today at Blue Monday.
    Have a good week.

  10. Happy Blue Monday - on a Tuesday :D
    Such a lovely building! Greetings from sunny Qld ~Pernilla

  11. No wonder the building took from 1870 to 1892 to complete - it was both huge and complex. I usually think that the elaborate Italianate architectural style is a bit over-the-top for Australian facilities, but the Institute Building looks very impressive still.


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