Friday, 21 November 2014

Camperdown, University of Sydney, Gardener’s Lodge Cafe

The Gardener’s Lodge Cafe is located on the grounds of Victoria Park, in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. The Gardener’s Lodge was designed by James Barnet and built in 1885 in the Victorian Gothic Revival architectural style. The gate on the corner of City Road and Parramatta Road provided a grand main entrance to the University of Sydney and the lodge was the former home of the university's groundskeeper, who tended the sweeping lawns and gardens surrounding the campus. In 1911, ownership passed to the City of Sydney and the building was converted into public toilets, which closed in the mid-1980s. The building was restored in 2012 and reopened as a cafe.

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful blue sky and the cafe looks charming.

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  2. An attractive building. I love the sea view a couple of posts below.

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  3. I love the University of Sydney... it has great facilities, often preserved for generations of students. But this is the quirkiest of them all. Glad it survives as a cafe, not a dunny.

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  4. Fun that it's a restaurant ! Much more fitting way to rember the times!

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  5. What a great spot for a café Jim ... did you try out the coffee?

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    1. Not on this occasion because it was such a scorching hot day which explains why there weren't any customers sitting outside there in the sun.

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  6. Love the keywords there - gardener, cafe and blue skies!

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  7. quite an interesting life this building has led!

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  8. Yes, very interesting buildings in this series!

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