Thursday, 12 March 2015

Millers Point - What we stand to lose


The Palisade is an enigma. It is closed and boarded up - still. But it LOOKS as though it has been renovated, to some extent. It was built sometime between 1901 and 1912 by the Sydney Harbour Trust, and its engineer, Henry Walsh. That would put its construction AFTER the area was decimated by the plague cleansing. This version of the Palisade replaced the original built in 1880. I wonder who currently owns it? Perhaps the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, the current Sydney Harbour Trust? Perhaps they are waiting for the Barangaroo development to be completed, to enable them to liquidise a tidy sum.


This 1837 sandstone cottage at the very end of Merriman Street, changed hands recently for just over $1.5 million. I guess its location could have been a factor.


This is the corner of Argyle Place, Argyle Lane, and High Lane. Places like this are not in danger from the government sell-off. They are in danger of being modernised out of recognition though.

However, and it is a big however. This area has been razed before. In 1900 to eradicate the breeding grounds of the plague, and in the mid-1920s as the harbour bridge tore through. Of course, this does not make another demolition right. But this one is to satisfy the requirements of a $1.9 billion casino.

Give me a break ...

6 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Nice shots of Jim. I hadn't seen this area of Sydney.

William Kendall said...

A casino.

It just makes you shake your head in dismay.

Joe said...

That is a very unusual building. I doesn't seem to have quite lived up to it's name Julie.

Julie said...

The Palisade Hotel, Joe? I gather that closeby the 1880 version of this hotel, somewhere about the intersection of Munn and Bettering Street, there was a reinforced wall reminiscent of the spiked wall defences of Norman times in Britain. These were known as palisades, and the name stuck.

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

The close-up picture shows that the hotel is abandoned.

LuiZ FernandoS said...

There, likewise here, people insist in building ugly annexes on top of buildings. Tsc, tsc