|Western side of Pitt Street between Market and Park Streets|
Looking for information on the clothier, I discovered that other Sydney bloggers have featured this faded advertisement. Sally featured it in January 2008 and Nathalie featured it in June 2007.
249-251 Pitt Street Sydney is Simpson House which ia an 8 storey building constructed in 1912 and renovated in 1983. It is listed in the Australian Heritage Database. Originally named Film House, the tenants included Australasian Film Limited, Spencer's Film Exchange, Kinetophone West's Film Exchange and Cinematograph Supplies, International Film exchange, Patahe Frere's Film exchange, Paul J Rainey (American film depot), and Sydney Riley (photographer).
Rex Simpson's Menswear occupied the building post WW2 whereupon the name was changed. Murals were painted upon both the northern and southern walls. Today a shoe shop occupies street level.
The Heritage data-base states:
In Federation Warehouse style with possible Anglo Dutch influences, it was built of English bond face brick with sandstone detailing (piers, lintels, arches, cornice and mouldings). A pair of tall oriel windows extend from the 2nd floor level above large arched 1st floor windows and are topped by a ventilated cornice in an unusual position above the 4th floor level. The single large pediment, inscribed AD 1912, is flanked by gutters. Main fenestration consists of tall rectangular openings detailed in sandstone and arched on the 6th floor. On the top floor a central opening in the pediment is classically detailed.
In the small foyer, were framed B&W photographs from the early years of the 20th century. This one shows, on the right, 249 Pitt Street immediately prior to the construction of Simpson House (aka Film House).