Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Customs House

Customs House, viewed from Customs Square along Alfred Street at Circular Quay. This heritage listed building was designed by Mortimer Lewis and built in 1845 in the Georgian architectural style for customs services. It was modified in 1887 by architect James Barnet with the original building partially dismantled and rebuilt to three storeys with side wings to form a U-shape in plan. By 1903, alterations W.L. Vernon architect resulted in the addition of two new floors and a wing in the rear courtyard forming a E-shape in plan. Further modifications were made by George Oakeshott in 1917 which saw the building enclosed on all four sides with a lightwell and the ground floor opened as a large space. Further modifications occured throughout the years including a major conservation and refurbishment project in 1997. Bounded by Young Street, Loftus Street and Customs House Lane, it houses the City of Sydney Library, Quay Bar, Young Alfred, Cafe Sydney and the Barnet Long Room.
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16 comments:

  1. A fine picture of this building. It's interesting how it has changed over the years. A Fascinating account.

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  2. A wonderful building fittingly portrayed

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  3. What an imposing building, so very charming, thank you for sharing your shot with us today, Jim !

    Wishing you the best of weeks,
    I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you

    XOXO Daniela at - My little old world - (Dany)

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  4. Impressive building and wonderful shot ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Lovely Week ahead ~ ^_^

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  5. When an old building is not pulled down but is renovated and modernised, it is important that the renovations fit the original designs. Perhaps the side wings were not as open and elegant as the first two floors which were beautiful.

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  6. It's good it's still in tidy neat condition.

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  7. Building is nicely symmetrical. Good shot.

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  8. a fine building. I like how it is 'framed' with tables and people relaxing over a cup of coffee.

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  9. Looks weird without the vivid lights now....;)

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    1. I recently realised that I had only posted shots of the building when it was lit or as a backdrop to displays in the square. So I had to take a photo of the building on its own.

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  10. I like the columns and the balconies above them. Nice building.

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  11. wow that is impressive all the renovations... neat.

    Lisa @ LTTL

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