Saturday, 3 February 2007

Sydney Town Hall


I was so struck by the resemblance of the clock tower of Sydney Town Hall, and the one Curly posted yesterday from South Shields, that I just had to get this one out of the vault for comparative purposes! This was built from 1968 to 1889 in High Victorian style, of local Sydney sandstone. It has an 8000 pipe organ and lots of stained glass and tesselated tiling inside.
Lots of similarities with similar Victorian buildings round the world, I guess. Italianate influences, and Second Empire French beaux arts. There's some history of it to be read here.
The first eagle-eyed person (who may or may not follow Nathalie's or my blogs), who can guess with a degree of accuracy which time of year this photo was taken, will get a postcard from Sydney...

12 comments:

  1. I'm not particularly eagle eyed, however I found the detail on this building really interesting when I looked on the large size photo.

    I also was fascinated by the Kolgara (I may be spelling that wrong) community in the post before this one. Such a model for cities in low water areas. People where I live would do well to follow that model.

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  2. elle est tres belle votre mairie et si classique. belle photo


    it is very beautiful your town hall and so traditional. beautiful photograph

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  3. I'm guessing its in winter as the tree in front of the town hall is a bit grey and lifeless, it can be that way in summer too but usually there are decorations for Christmas or Festival of Sydney about as well.

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  4. I'd go for Spring. Around mid September.

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  5. So far gail's man is CLOSEST, but it can be honed further!! There is also a specific (botanical) reason...

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  6. That's an uncanny resemblance! You would think they had the same architect.

    South Shields Daily Photo

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  7. ahh, the number of times I walked past it... I enjoyed my wanderings so much. and you know, I didn't take a single shot of this though I stared at it.

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  8. just found your blog today - is that a smidgeon of blue appearing on the jacarandah? late September, into October,

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  9. Bingo to erica! But late oct, early nov! send me your address to rosedalemiller-02@yahoo.com.au and i'll send you a pc.

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  10. Sally thanks but you don't need to send me a card, I'd rather you sent the card to someone OS as I had the inside knowledge of knowing the tree was a jacaranda.

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  11. touche, often ideas intersect, i hadn't looked at your site yet came up with our city hall, other topics as well!!

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