Friday, 27 March 2015

The Rocks, Mining Museum

This heritage listed building is a former electricity power station, mining museum and chemical laboratory, located between George Street and Hickson Road at The Rocks. This view is from the Hickson Road side, with the walkway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge seen on the right. It was designed by the Government Architect, Walter Liberty Vernon in the Federation Warehouse style with Romanesque and Art Nouveau detailing. The electricity power station and workshops were constructed in the lower part of the building by 1902 with the mining museum, chemical laboratories and octagonal chimney stack in the upper levels of the building constructed by 1909. It became known as the Earth Exchange in 1990 but since 1996 it has been fitted out for office space.

13 comments:

  1. I'll be this is very interesting. I know almost nothing about mining, but being very claustrophobic, I can't imagine being in those underground tunnels!

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  2. Impressive building it is indeed, Jim, and those beautiful, blue, blue skies as always that make the perfect backdrop for any and everything!! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. It's now used for office space. The advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi is one of the tenants.

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  4. looks like it's from the victorian error, like one of those big old factories or workhouses

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  5. I love all the brick and the many windows. Some of the big industrial buildings way back when were built in a grand style.

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  6. Lovely facade, of an impressive building, a facade (made in two types of rocks and) seen against the blue deep sky!!...

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  7. Hi Jim...Thanks for visiting my blog, and taking the time to leave a comment. Always nice to meet new photography friends

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  8. Its history as an electric plant explains that impressive chimney. My Skies

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