Tuesday 30 September 2014

Haymarket, Capitol Square Hotel

The Capitol Square Hotel is located on the corner of George Street and Campbell Street, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. Located next to the Capitol Theatre, it is part of the Capitol Square development that extends to Hay Street and includes the former Palace Hotelthe Watkins Terrace group of buildings, a former bank and post office and the former Parker Lane. The buildings were originally constructed in 1876-1877 in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. They were redeveloped in the 1990s and now feature shops, a hotel, a pub, restaurants, offices, recreation and special function facilities.

Sunday 28 September 2014

Kingsford, Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Holy Trinity Anglican Church is located on the corner of Sturt Street and Anzac Parade, in the eastern suburb of Kingsford. The original church on this site was known as St. Martin's Mission Church built in 1913. It was replaced by the first Holy Trinity church built in 1932 which was destroyed by fire in 1987. This building, built in 1989, was designed by Woodhouse and Danks.

Saturday 27 September 2014

Circular Quay, Opera House, ferry

A view of Sydney Harbour towards Sydney Opera House from the Cahill Expressway Walkway, above Circular Quay railway station, as the Manly ferry makes its way to Circular Quay. The Queenscliff is a Freshwater Class ferry.
 Linked to: Weekend Reflections.

Friday 26 September 2014

Sydney skyscrapers

These two Sydney skyscrapers are viewed from the walkway beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station. The building on the left is the AMP Centre, which is a 43 level office tower and retail centre built in 1977. It has just been announced that it will undergo a major redevelopment which will see the entire exterior redesigned, to give it a more sleek and modern appearance. The one on the right is Governor Phillip Tower, a 64 level office building completed in 1994.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday

Thursday 25 September 2014

Jesse Street Gardens, plaque

This bronze plaque is located at the entrance of Jesse Street Gardens at Circular Quay. It commemorates the opening of the park in 1990 and its dedication to Australian Women. Jesse Street (1889-1970) was a noted feminist and international peace campaigner. She gained international publicity for the situation of Aboriginal Australians and her suggested amendments to the Australian constitution were adopted in 1967.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Circular Quay, ship and ferries

This cruise ship berthed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, dwarfs the ferries and boats at Circular Quay ferry wharves. The arrival of the Carnival Legend this week marks the start of cruise season. This view is from the walkway beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station.

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Daceyville, substation

This electricity substation no.32 is located in Dacey Garden Reserve, on the corner of Gardeners Road and Bunnerong Road, in the eastern suburb of Daceyville. The heritage listed building was built in 1913 in the Federation architectural style.

Monday 22 September 2014

Randwick, Avonmore

Avonmore is a group of nine terrace houses located along The Avenue, opposite Alison Park, in the eastern suburbs of Randwick. These heritage listed, three storey terrace houses were built in 1888 by John Walsh in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. The middle terrace seen here is currently run as a boutique hotel known as Avonmore on the Park, while remaining terraces are all privately owned.

Sunday 21 September 2014

Saturday 20 September 2014

Friday 19 September 2014

Rushcutters Bay, Sydney skyline

This cloudy sky above the Sydney skyline, behind Elizabeth Bay and Rushcutters Bay, is viewed from Yarranabbe Park in the eastern suburb of Darling Point. 

Thursday 18 September 2014

Woollahra, The Light Brigade Hotel

The Light Brigade Hotel is located on the corner of Oxford Street and Jersey Road, in the eastern suburb of Woollahra, bordering Paddington. It was designed by Sidney Warden and built in 1939 in the art deco architectural style. The pub is named after the famous British light cavalry immortalised by the "Charge of the Light Brigade" against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War.

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Paddington, Reservoir Gardens

Paddington Reservoir Gardens are on the corner of Oxford Street and Oatley Road, in the inner city suburb of Paddington. This view is from the park on the top level towards Paddington Town Hall. The remains of a former 19th century underground reservoir were redeveloped in 2009 to create an urban sanctuary with lawns, flower beds, shaded seating and a fish pond water feature.

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Paddington, terrace house

This terrace house is located on the corner of Union Street and Broughton Street, in the inner city suburb of Paddington. This house is about twice the size of most terrace houses in this area but its divided design helps it blend into the streetscape.

Saturday 13 September 2014

Watsons Bay, Victoria Wharf

Victoria Wharf is located on Sydney Harbour, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. It sits at the end of Victoria Wharf Reserve which can be accessed from Pacific Street and provides some spectacular views of the harbour and the city skyline.

Thursday 11 September 2014

Watsons Bay, tree

This view of Sydney Harbour is from Sydney Harbour National Park at South Head, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay.

Watsons Bay, Dunbar House

Dunbar House is located along Marine Parade in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. This heritage listed house was designed by Mortliner Lewis and built around 1837. In 1854 it became the Marine Hotel and later the Greenwich Pier Hotel and the Royal Hotel until 1923. It then became the Vaucluse Municipal Council Chambers until 1948 when amalgamation with Woollahra Council took place. It was refurbished in 2010 and is now a cafe and events venue.

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Watsons Bay, The Gap

The Gap is an ocean cliff on the South Head peninsula, in eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. This view is of the weathered rocks below the cliff being pounded by the waves of the Pacific Ocean which have created some amazing patterns. The cliff is popular for sightseers but it has also gained infamy for suicides. 

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Watsons Bay, bandstand

Robertson Park is located in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. This octagonal bandstand, which stands in the middle of the park, was built in 1918 following a request from the Eastern Suburbs United Band.

Monday 8 September 2014

Haymarket, In Between Two Worlds

"In Between Two Worlds" is an art installation located in Chinatown at Haymarket. This artwork, created by artist Jason Wing, explores themes of heaven and earth featuring painted wall murals, etched granite floor murals and 30 suspended illuminated spirit figures. These three spirit figures are located above the entrance of Kimber Lane from Factory Street.

Sunday 7 September 2014

Balmain, St Augustine's Catholic Church

The former St Augustine's Catholic Church is located along Eaton Street, in the inner west suburb of Balmain. The heritage listed sandstone church was designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin and built in 1851 in the Victorian Gothic architectural style. It is now used as a church hall for the larger St Augustine's Catholic Church which was built in 1908 in redbrick and sandstone.

Saturday 6 September 2014

Department of Education, Governor Phillip Tower

The Department of Education building is located along Bridge Street. It was designed by George McRae and built in 1914 in the Edwardian architectural style. In contrast, Governor Phillip Tower along Farrer Place rises up behind it. The 64 storey office tower completed in 1994 was designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall.

Friday 5 September 2014

Circular Quay, Arena Calcetto

Arena Calcetto is an installation in First Fleet Park at Circular Quay. These are two of the six timber towers, standing at 10 metres high, which hide an individually handcrafted foosball table with custom-made players. They were created by a community collective known as Archrival, originally for the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2012 and will be here until 30 September 2014. I happened to catch a skywriter mid-message, writing something about "traffic" but it was hard to read the whole message since the wind had blown it away. The Sydney Opera House can just be seen in the distance.

Thursday 4 September 2014

Centennial Park, Randwick Gates

Randwick Gates is an entrance to Centennial Park located along Darley Road, providing access from the eastern suburb of Randwick. The five sandstone columns with cast iron gates were designed by Government Architect, Walter Liberty Vernon and built around 1891. “Centennial Park 1888” is carved on the central column, the year the park was founded.
Linked to: Good FencesSigns, Signs.

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Monday 1 September 2014

Rozelle, White Bay Power Station (Theme Day: Rust and Ruins)

These rusting buildings are part of the former White Bay Power Station which is located along Robert Street, in the inner city suburb of Rozelle. This heritage listed former coal-fired power station was commissioned in 1917 and decommissioned in 1983. The ruins sit idle now but the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority which controls the site, is undertaking necessary preservation work to reduce further degradation and ensure the potential for future uses.
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