Thursday 30 April 2015

Botanic Gardens, Arc Glasshouse

The Arc glasshouse and the Pyramid glasshouse are part of the Sydney Tropical Centre in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Arc was opened in 1990 with a linking underground foyer to the Pyramid which opened in 1972. Both glass structures house displays of tropical plants but are closed to the public at the moment for redevelopment.

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Broadway, Grace Brothers department store

The former Grace Brothers department store is located along Broadway on the corner of Bay Street, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. It was built in 1904 in the Federation/Edwardian architectural style. Grace Brothers vacated their Broadway store in 1992 and the building was restored and redeveloped in 1998 as part of Broadway Shopping Centre, a shopping mall with retail space, cinemas, restaurants and car park.

Monday 27 April 2015

Saturday 25 April 2015

Anzac Bridge, Anzac Memorial, Anzac Day

Two Anzac Memorials featuring bronze sculptures of Australian and New Zealand soldiers on plinths, are located at the western approach of the Anzac Bridge at Rozelle. The sculpture of an Australian ANZAC soldier (colloquially known as a digger) facing west was unveiled on ANZAC Day in 2000. This sculpture of a New Zealand ANZAC soldier facing east was added in 2008. Both statues were created by Alan Somerville, with sand collected from Ari Burnu beach in Gallipolli, Turkey placed underneath. Today is ANZAC Day, which marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War in 1915, with the centenary commemorated this year.

Friday 24 April 2015

The Rocks, art school & arcade

These heritage listed buildings are located along George Street at The Rocks. The Julian Ashton Art School was designed by architects were E. Lindsay Thompson, Spooner and Dixon and built in 1955. Julian Ashton opened his original Sydney Art School in 1890. Opal Fields on the ground floor is the largest worldwide retailer of opal, the national gemstone of Australia. Captain Tench Arcade was designed by architects Kell & Rigby and built in 1920 in the Federation architectural style with Art Nouveau motifs. It is named after Captain Watkin Tench, a British marine officer who published two books describing his experiences in the First Fleet, which established the first settlement in Australia in 1788. The retail tenants are the Royal Copenhagen ice cream shop and Rocks Style, a shop which specialises in Australian clothing brands.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday

Thursday 23 April 2015

The Rocks, shop

This heritage listed shop is located along George Street at The Rocks. It was built in 1891 in the Victorian Italianate style architectural style as part of the adjacent former ASN Hotel. The shopfront was altered by Tooth & Co. in 1928 as part of changes made to the adjacent hotel. In 1983, an 1890s shopfront was constructed although it is not an exact reconstruction of the original since those details were unknown. It is now the home of the Zia Pina Pizzeria.
 Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday 22 April 2015

The Rocks, Australian Steam Navigation Company Hotel

The former Australian Steam Navigation Company Hotel is located on the corner of George Street and Argyle Street at The Rocks. The ASN Co. Hotel was built in 1891 in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. The building was extensively altered by Tooth & Co. in 1928. In 1983 the building was again extensively remodelled to function as a police station with the 1929 detailing removed and the 1890s Italianate details reconstructed. The police station later moved into the building across the road in 1998 and then in 2007 this became the home of the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe.

Tuesday 21 April 2015

The Rocks, police station

This former police station is located along George Street at The Rocks. This heritage listed building was designed by James Barnet and built in 1882 in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style. The police station was relocated to larger premises in 1983 and the building now houses Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian bakery and cafe.

Sunday 19 April 2015

Saturday 18 April 2015

NAB House, sculpture

This contemporary sculpture is located in this forecourt of Suncorp Place, an office building of the Suncorp Group at the corner of Grosvenor Street and Lang Street. The backdrop is a pedestrian bridge with suspension cables leading to NAB House, an office building of the National Australia Bank.

Friday 17 April 2015

Camperdown, University of Sydney, Womens College

The Women's College is a residential college on the University of Sydney campus, in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. The building was designed by John Sulman and Joseph Porter Power and built in 1894 in the Federation Free architectural style. The Williams Wing was built in 1936 and then the Reid Wing was added in 1958. The Langley Wing and the Menzies Common Room were completed in 1969.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday

Thursday 16 April 2015

Museum of Sydney, monument

The Museum of Sydney is located on the corner Phillip Street and Bridge Street. The sandstone monument declares that this is the site of Australia's first Government House from 1788 to 1845. The ruins were exposed by archaeologists in the 1980s and relics found have been incorporated in the museum. The museum explores colonial and contemporary Sydney through objects, pictures and digital media techniques. 

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Ramsgate Beach, baths

Ramsgate Baths are located in the southern suburb of Ramsgate Beach. This part of Botany Bay has been used for public sea-water bathing since 1924. These timbers and bars are all that remain of the old Ramsgate Baths that were constructed in 1950 and demolished in 1973. A larger enclosure incorporated this southern side of the original baths in 1975 but most of it was replaced in 1999 by a floating net structure, consisting of plastic tubes and mesh netting.

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Ramsgate, The Intersection Tavern

The Intersection Tavern is on the corner of Rocky Point Road and Ramsgate Road in the southern suburb of Ramsgate. The Rocky Point Hotel was originally built on this site in 1948 but this contemporary building no longer resembles the original pub.

Monday 13 April 2015

Sunday 12 April 2015

The Rocks, pub and bank

These heritage listed buildings are located along George Street at The Rocks. The Fortune of War Hotel was designed by the Tooth & Co. resident architect and built in 1922 in the Californian Bungalow architectural style. The Fortune of War Hotel claims to be the oldest pub in Sydney since the original was built on this site in 1828. The former English, Scottish & Australian Chartered Bank was designed by William Wilkinson Wardell and built in 1886 in the Gothic Revival architectural style. This sandstone building now houses an Italian restaurant.

Saturday 11 April 2015

The Rocks, shops

This pair of heritage listed shops are located along George Street at The Rocks. They were built in 1883 in the Victorian architectural style.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections

Friday 10 April 2015

The Rocks, New York Hotel

This heritage listed building is located along George Street at The Rocks. The former New York Hotel was built in 1908 in the Federation Free architectural style. It has a five storey tower section and a lower three storey section splayed at a slight angle to follow the change in the alignment of the street. In the late 1980s, a large commercial building called the DFS Galleria, was erected behind this building with the facades of a number of buildings and shopfronts incorporated into the complex.

Thursday 9 April 2015

The Rocks, Gannon House

Gannon House is a heritage listed building located along Argyle Street at The Rocks. It was built in 1840 in the Georgian architectural style as the Assistant Surgeons residence and garden, on the grounds of the first hospital. It is now the home of the Gannon House Gallery and La Renaissance Patisserie.

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Coogee, The Impressionists' Seat

Dunningham Reserve overlooks Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. "The Impressionists' Seat" is a sculpture created by Eileen Slarke in 2005. It depicts famous Australian impressionist artists Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and Tom Roberts, who painted coastal scenes of Sydney in the late 1800s. Conder’s Coogee Bay and Roberts’s Holiday sketch at Coogee, were painted on the same day of the 1888 Easter weekend from this headland looking over the sweep of the bay. Streeton's Sunny South Coogee Bay (2) was a painting from 1890 of the same iconic view, which can be seen here.

Monday 6 April 2015

Alexandria, Wassell Lane

This mural appears on the garage door of a property that backs onto Wassell Lane, off Mitchell Road, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. Many properties in the inner city suburbs, which had been targeted by vandals, now feature murals such as this as a preventative to ugly tags and graffiti.

Sunday 5 April 2015

Camperdown, Memorial Chapel

This memorial chapel is located along Carillon Avenue in the inner west suburb of Camperdown. It was erected in 1947 by the the Rev. Dr. and  Mrs. Frank Cash in memory of their only son John Francis Cash, an RAAF pilot. This chapel is part of the Moore Theological College, on the campus of the University of Sydney.
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Saturday 4 April 2015

Darlington, The Old School

The Old School is located along Maze Crescent and is part of the University of Sydney campus, in the inner city suburb of Darlington. It was originally the Darlington Public School designed by George Allan Mansfield and built in 1878 in the Gothic Revival architectural style. The building was transferred to the university in 1975 and renovated in 1978 for use by the Department of Music and as a theatre workshop. The view from the other side can be seen here.
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Friday 3 April 2015

Camperdown, University of Sydney, Main Building

The Main Building is part of the Quadrangle Group of buildings on the University of Sydney campus, in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. It was designed by Edmund Blacket and James Barnet in the Victorian Academic Gothic architectural style and built around 1854. This view of the main entrance is from inside the Quadrangle.
Linked to:  Skywatch Friday

Thursday 2 April 2015

Customs Square, Easter, advertisement

This Hot Cross Bun House creation was located in Customs Square as an Easter promotion for Stayz, a holiday accommodation website. The walls of the house are made of hot cross buns, spiced sweet buns made with currants or sultanas and marked with a cross on the top, which are popular Easter treats in Australia. Even the smoke coming out of the chimney, filled the square with an aroma that smelt like freshly baked hot cross buns. The promotional people were dressed as bakers and handed out flyers and hot cross buns.
 Linked to: Signs, SignsGood Fences.

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

Shadow From The Sky by Stephen Hilton 
Mandolin/Guitar by Iliia Uzunoski
Our Future in Love, Tolerance and Peace by Christopher Diaz 
Birdbath by Christopher Diaz
The Outdoor Gallery Art Prize is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which this year ran from 14 March to 29 March 2015, to showcase the talent of local emerging and professional artists.
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