Monday, 29 March 2010

Sunday in my City - Sydney Arcade, Take 2

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The first incarnation of the Sydney Arcade (1881) was a set-square from King Street to George Street, in behind the Darrel-Lea corner. Thomas Rowe designed three arcades during the boom period of the late 19th century, the sydney Arcade in 1881, the Royal Arcade in 1882, and the Imperial Arcade in 1891. Effectively, they are all gone, with the internals of this arcade being replaced with 29 floors of office space. Telstra occupies Levels 2 to 15. The facade on the King Street frontage was retained and is the closing shot of this post.


The new Sydney Arcade arcs from King Street through to the Pitt Street Mall, on the site where I can remember going up to the Coles cafeteria on the first floor for a cheap meal when I was at Teachers' College in the late '60s. It is a pleasure to walk through, but, oh why, did we have to lose the elegance of the original?


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22 comments:

symakphotography said...

Thanks for the tour. I would like to visit your city one day.

Sonya said...

I'm so in love with your photography. It's so perfect.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful set of pictures. I want to go to Sydney. I love the accents : )

Clytie said...

It is modern and beautiful, yes. I would have loved to see it when it was cheap and fun. Your photographs are beautiful.

Frank de Jol said...

Excellent set.
Thanks for the tour.

Jayne said...

I love arcades, thanks for the tour of one in Sydney ;)

diane said...

The facade is very nice, I'm glad they kept that much. I vaguely remember the original

Shelle said...

I'm trying to remember this...but for some reason I keep coming up with a particular arcade in NY??? guess my memory doesn't go too far. It still looks beautiful to me!

the foto fanatic said...

Great post, Julie - very informative.
Thanks
tff

AudreyO said...

Great photos and a mini tour of a city I've never visited.

Creador: Santiago Flores said...

Interesantes miradas de un mismo lugar...me gusta.

Un saludo desde España!

Ann said...

Agreed. At least we've still got the Strand. I still miss the Regent Theatre - it was criminal pulling that down. However, as far as modern arcades go this one isn't bad. Have never noticed the skylight, I guess that's the roof.

Bruce Caspersonn said...

Excellent, as usual. How much "kick back" did you get from Just Jeans?

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'm rather fond of the arcardes in their current form. Your shots make them look great.

Tash said...

Just Jeans are Boss.
Your photos are always Boss - the arcade rooftop with the views of the landmarks is just wonderful, esp. with the way you've arranged the curves. Brava!
The entrance & facade in the last photo is so beautifully done.

Vicki said...

The cafe in this arcade makes good coffee.
I would have liked to have seen the original arcades. I love the curve in this one.

Peter said...

An out of the way and unusual arcade, great perspectives of Sydney life.

Lois said...

The original facade is magnificent!

J Bar said...

This is one modern arcade that I really like. Can't say that about many others though.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Amy said...

Nice shots! I hope to make it to Australia one of these days.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

the photos are all perfect....beautiful....

Unknown Mami said...

Do you get sick of me telling you that I love your photographs? It's hard to come up with different words to appreciate the beauty that you express. You are gifted.