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.

18 comments:

  1. In 1890 Julian Ashton opened the Sydney Art School in Beaumont Chambers in King St. Apparently the young men had a very enjoyable education :)

    The Art School move to The Rocks in 1933 and might have become more serious.

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    1. Hels, thanks for that additional information.

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  2. Wonderful, historical buildings even lovelier against those blue, blue skies!! Wonderful captures as always, Jim!

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  3. Looks like a lovely day in Sydney. The heritage buildings always look nice against a blue sky.

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  4. beautiful buildings and very interesting background

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  5. Iconic architecture of the area Jim.

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  6. I am pretty sure I walked by these shops when we were in Oz. I loved this part of town.

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  7. It's great to know the story behind a building. Too often, people just walk by heritage buildings and places and fail to appreciate their history. Great photo and information.

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  8. Buildings along the main street in my hometown bore some resemblance to these, but so many have been replaced by uninteresting "modern" structures.

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    1. Kenneth, I think it's sad when that happens.

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