Thursday, 31 January 2019

Genesian Theatre

This heritage listed building is the Genesian Theatre, located along Kent Street. It was originally the St John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church built in 1868 in the Victorian Free Gothic style. It served as a church school between 1868 and 1883, and as a poor school from 1905 to 1927. Between 1932 and 1938 it housed the Kursaal Theatre. The St Vincent de Paul Society then used the building as a refuge for destitute men, the Matthew Talbot Hostel, until 1952. It then became the Genesian Theatre.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Rockdale, Lydham Hall

"Lydham Hall" is a heritage-listed former residence and now museum along Lydham Avenue, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. It was built in 1860 in the Georgian colonial style with Victorian style influences.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Culwulla Chambers

Culwulla Chambers is a twelve storey commercial office building with this frontage to King Street and another to Castlereagh Street. This heritage listed building was designed by Spain, Cosh & Minnett and built in 1912 in the Federation Free style. At the time of its construction, it was Australia's tallest building and was a catalyst for the 1912 Height of Buildings Act and resulting conflict between State and Local Government over the power to regulate Sydney's development. The act was repealed in 1957 and it remained the tallest building until 1961. It was built for Dr Herbert J W Marks and his brother Walter Moffitt Marks who lived at Culwulla at Darling Point, named after the family property at Jamberoo called Culwulla.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Stanmore, mural

This mural is on the wall of a block of flats built in 2017 at the corner of Bedford Street and Liberty Street, in the inner city suburb of Stanmore. This area is notorious for graffiti so the developers decided to create this street art on the wall to deter attacks by taggers and graffiti artists.
Linked to: Monday Mural, Amaze Me Monday, Blue Monday, Through My Lens.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Martin Place, sand sculpture

This giant sand sculpture of a sea turtle was created in Martin Place this week to promote Sea Life Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Castlereagh Street

A view of buildings along Castlereagh Street from the corner of King Street. Looking at old and new architecture such as Sydney Tower, the OCBC Building, Culwulla Chambers and the former Surrey Hotel. The banner is promoting Australia Day, which is today.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Commercial Traveller’s Association Business Club, MLC Centre

The MLC Centre rises high above the Commercial Traveller's Association Business Club, viewed from the corner of Martin Place and Castlereagh Street.The building with 2 levels and the 67 floor tower were completed in 1977.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Hyde Park, Sydney Festival

The colourful entrance to the Festival Garden in Hyde Park for the Sydney Festival, an annual arts festival which has been held in January since 1977. The Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent can be seen just inside the entrance, with the spires of St Mary's Cathedral rising above in the background.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Culwulla Chambers

Culwulla Chambers is a twelve storey commercial office building with this frontage to Castlereagh Street and another to King Street. This heritage listed building was designed by Spain, Cosh & Minnett and built in 1912 in the Federation Free style. At the time of its construction, it was Australia's tallest building and was a catalyst for the 1912 Height of Buildings Act and resulting conflict between State and Local Government over the power to regulate Sydney's development. The act was repealed in 1957 and it remained the tallest building until 1961. It was built for Dr Herbert J W Marks and his brother Walter Moffitt Marks who lived at Culwulla at Darling Point, named after the family property at Jamberoo called Culwulla.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Dolls Point, Primrose House

Primrose House is located on the corner of Russell Avenue and Malua Street, in the southern suburb of Dolls Point. It was built in 1891 in the Victorian style and was originally the Scarborough Hotel at the Sans Souci Pleasure Grounds. It became a convalescent hospital for war wounded from 1913 and then bought by the charity Dr Barnardos Homes to house orphans and abandoned children. It was renamed after it was purchased by St George District Hospital in 1936, after chairman and solicitor Herman B. Primrose. It was used as an annex of the hospital until 1992 and then used as a day hospital for the frail and elderly. It was later restored and redeveloped and opened in 2018 as the Scots College Brighton Preparatory School for boys Kindergarten to Year 6.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Dolls Point, mural

This mosaic mural is on the side of the amenities building in Depena Reserve, in the southern suburb of Dolls Point. This is one of four murals created by Steven Vella in 2008. The building was rebuilt in 2018 but the murals were saved. Another can be seen here.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Surrey Hotel

The former Surrey Hotel is located on the corner of Castlereagh Street and King Street. This heritage listed building was originally built in 1860 but was drastically redesigned in 1928 to an Inter-War Free Classical Style designed by Prevost, Synnot & Ruwald. It has also been known as the Bijou Hotel and Colonnade Hotel. It was later adapted for retail premises and in 1987 became the Louis Vuitton Building. A fourth floor was added within the mansard roof in 1990 and in 2011 became home to Christian Dior.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Friday, 18 January 2019

Rockdale, St Joseph's Catholic Church

St Joseph's Catholic Church is located on the corner of Walz Street and Parker Street, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. It stand beside St Josephs Primary School which was built in 1929, originally as a church and school. When the school needed to expand, this new church was built alongside it in 1967.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Rockdale, The Guild Theatre

The Guild Theatre is located on the corner of Walz Street and Railway Street, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. This community theatre was formed in 1952 with performances at Rockdale Town Hall. In 1965, the Rockdale Community Hall at Walz Street was secured and eventually the small hall was converted into an intimate theatre.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Glebe, The Toxteth Hotel

The Toxteth Hotel is located on the corner of Glebe Point Road and Ferry Road, in the inner west suburb of Glebe. This heritage listed pub was built around 1925 in the Inter-war Free Classical style.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Pyrmont, wharf

Sydney Wharf Apartments are in the redeveloped warehouse buildings on wharf 8 & 9 at Pyrmont Bay, in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont. They were once part of Sydney's port facilities and have been converted to apartments, restaurants and a marina on the bay. Sydney Tower and office buildings are in the distance.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Newtown, school, mural

This mural is located on a wall of the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, along King Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It was created by artist Remine.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"Upward Force on Downward Moving Objects", is one of a pair of sculptures located at the entrances of the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. They were created in 2018 by Wang Luyan as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition based on one of his earlier works. They both consist of fibreglass buoys and weights made of stainless steel with man-made rust which work in tension and opposition. The buoys float above imaginary water with weights pressing down on imaginary waves. They reflect the concepts of paradox and contradiction by presenting with irony and sarcasm human greed and uncontrollable desire. With this complex system of paradox, the viewers experience and internalise the despair and the destruction that sharks and other marine species are facing because of human greed.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, artwork

These inflatable artworks are located at the marina of the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition. "Stubborn Monologue" was created by Yang Kai using inflatable PVC laminated fabric on steel wire. The artist hopes to encourage the viewers to respect nature and to make them understand that nature will not change because of the actions of humans. The King Street Wharf Christmas Tree can be seen in the distance.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"Butterfly in Love with Flower" is a sculpture located near the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. It was created in 2014 by Zheng Lu and is displayed as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition. The large stainless steel sculpture, characterised by its delicate bubble-like structure, depicts a shark fin. The title Butterfly in Love with Flower refers to a Chinese poem in which a butterfly falls in love with a flower about to disappear. The bronze sculpture on the right is "Windjammer Sailors", on permanent display outside the Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre of the museum.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"To Poseidon" is a sculpture located in front of the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. It was created in 2014 by Xia Hang and is displayed as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition. The steel sculpture of the shark is portrayed as a war ship, a soldier of Poseidon, strong and resistant to attack. The different elements that make up the sculpture can be disassembled and reassembled in a different form.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"Nirvana" is a sculpture located near the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. It was created in 2014 by Li Hui and is displayed as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition. The shape of a shark emerges very clearly from a deformed shipping container.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects", is one of a pair of sculptures located at the entrances of the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. They were created in 2018 by Wang Luyan as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition based on one of his earlier works. They both consist of fibreglass buoys and weights made of stainless steel with man-made rust which work in tension and opposition. The buoys float above imaginary water with weights pressing down on imaginary waves. They reflect the concepts of paradox and contradiction by presenting with irony and sarcasm human greed and uncontrollable desire. With this complex system of paradox, the viewers experience and internalise the despair and the destruction that sharks and other marine species are facing because of human greed.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Maroubra, mural

This mural of a Toucan in the jungle is on a shed at the former Maroubra Bowling Club along Malabar Road, in the eastern suburb of Maroubra. The site is no longer used for lawn bowls but the "Bowlo" recreation club is still in operation. Plans to redevelop the site into a health care facility have been submitted to the local council.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Botany, Presbyterian Church

This former Presbyterian Church is located along Botany Road in the eastern suburb of Botany. The heritage listed church was designed by Albert Bond and built in 1880 in the Victorian architectural style. In 2018, the site underwent a major redevelopment with the church conserved but the surrounding property adapted for residential use.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Camperdown, University of Sydney, The Sibyl Centre

The Sibyl Centre is part of the The Women's College at the University of Sydney campus, in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. This multi-purpose development which opened in 2018 features an area for student social activities, meeting rooms and a library.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Hyde Park, Pacific Power Building

Walking along the footpath in Hyde Park, looking past the palm trees to the Pacific Power Building, on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Park Street.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Darlington, drinking fountain and horse trough

The James Spring Drinking Fountain and Horse Trough is located along City Road, in the inner city suburb of Darlington. It was designed by Morrow & De Putron Architects with Art Nouveau detailing. the inscription reads: "This fountain presented to the Municipality of Darlington by James Spring Esquire. 15 years Mayor. January 1910. Morrow & De Putron architects". Set immediately next to the gutter this is its original site, outside the University of Sydney. It is in continuous danger from passing traffic so a protection barrier has been installed.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Camperdown, University of Sydney, MacLaurin Hall

MacLaurin Hall 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 assisted by Walter Liberty Vernon in the Gothic Revival architectural style and built in 1909 originally as the Fisher Library and the Nicholson Museum. When a new Fisher Library was built in 1965, it became known as MacLaurin Hall after Sir Henry Normand MacLaurin who was Chancellor from 1896 until his death in 1914.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Iron Cove, pontoon (Theme Day: Photo of the Year)

Sunset view across Iron Cove on the Parramatta River towards Haberfield and Rodd Point, viewed from behind the ramp down to the pontoon, from Sensory Park in the inner west suburb of Lilyfield. The photo I posted of this sunset in the past year was one of my favourites, so I've posted another one here today. The first was posted here.
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